[IMC-NYC-Editorial] confirming tomorrow, 7pm?
chanders_imc at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 29 17:48:11 PST 2005
I just wanted to confirm: we're meeting tomorrow at 7?
--- patrick <patrick at indymedia.org> wrote:
> Please see my responses below:
> > > If this could be used to replicate what sf.indy
> and indybay.org
> > > have on their homepages, that'd be great. That
> is, to display
> > > n number of the latest posts in a particular
> category; and sort
> > > the newswire by category.
> > mir will do category homepages, with distinct
> newswires, pretty
> > easily... what i was going to work on was some
> sort of front-page
> > category highlights box
> > what these boxes would actually represent..i.e.
> last posts,
> > separate "topic-feature" highlights, how the
> categories to be
> > displayed would be chosen(manually? automatically?
> if the latter,
> > how?)
> Well, what do you think about replicating
> sf/indbay's method? Ana and
> others were excited by this in nyc. Here's my
> thoughts, and what I think
> other imc's would be interested in:
> The homepage has 2 parts of the center-column that
> display the latest
> posts by category, either from the open publishing
> newswire only, or by a
> blend of the open newswire and all the rss feeds, if
> that's trivial to
> implement. These displays are randomized every n
> hours. Here's a
> template example:
> 1) The first category display has n category items,
> but only 1 headline
> per category, accompanied by an icon for that
> category (e.g., palestinian
> flag for palestine category. The icon can grab
> attention and breaks up
> the text-only headlines, and gives a visual cue for
> This first category display could also be
> editorially controlled, where
> site editors pick the headlines. This might be too
> much work for editors.
> But maybe the topic-special code could be
> re-purposed this display.
> 2) The second category display would not be
> editorially controlled, it
> would just be fed from the newswire, as some other
> imc sites do. It would
> display n headlines per category item. If it's
> trivial to implement,
> maybe some of the category items could be set to
> permanently display
> (e.g., the 'local' category), and others are
> randomized (e.g., 'gender').
> For both displays, it would be great to have a
> script that truncates the
> headlines if they get too long, with an ellipsis
> (e.g., "Bush Names New
> Cabinet Post, Just Yesterday Morning, Close to Noon
> Actually, And I Really
> Disagree With It Becau...").
> Apart from these 2 pieces -- wondering if the
> icon/headline randomizing
> code could be re-used for the 2 image displays on
> that page above. There
> would be a pool of editorially controlled images
> with captions,
> randomized. Editors could choose to fill the pool
> with only only
> pictures/captions related to the center column
> stories (big headlines), or
> maybe put in images linked to yet other stories.
> I think sf.indy's idea of using less images and one
> large one is more
> engaging, and better displays pictures compared to
> the small thumbnails
> required by our current blog-style design in dada.
> But randomizing them
> would keep the page fresh, instead the intensive
> task of trying to update
> it daily or so.
> > > My idea, not sure if this is done elsewhere, is
> to have subsection
> > > homepages for some categories. And to offer
> shared editorial
> > > control over these to respective groups.
> > subsections are possible, but limited editorial
> access is off the
> > agenda, at least for the forseeable future...
> Understood. Well, perhaps we can set up an adhoc
> solution, maybe a local
> list for groups to request their category center
> column content, or
> perhaps through that user suggestion queue you
> mentioned, where users
> suggest articles for the newswire.
> Or maybe a group can create an rss feed where they
> only post center column
> features for their subsection, and this gets fed to
> the category homepage
> center column. So, bypassing the mir admin
> permissions issues.
> That is, at least for now a subsection is just a
> category homepage, and
> not as full-fledged as uk's subsections (based on
> locale). But, I also
> want to expand the editorial role, so trusted folks
> from other groups can
> get access to the mir admin to control their
> sections, but aren't required
> to get involved in wider imc process. As part of
> the editorial team,
> there also wouldn't be the same mir admin permission
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