(PRWEB) April 25, 2012
Skagit Publishing of the Pacific Northwest has gone live with NewsEngin Ampere, a true cloud-based content management service that distributes stories and related media dynamically to any output platform.
Skagit Publishing publishes these Washington newspapers: the daily Skagit Valley Herald, the weekly Anacortes American, Fidalgo This Week, The Argus and Courier-Times, and various specialty publications. Skagit Publishing is part of Pioneer Newspapers, a Seattle-based company with daily and weekly publications in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah.
“Skagit Publishing launched a search for a content management system that would work well with both our print and multimedia needs,” said Editor Colette Weeks. “We wanted something that would serve as a sort of control panel allowing us to manage and send content from one central location to wherever it needs to go — without juggling various sites and programs. We also needed it to be affordable. NewsEngin’s format seemed best able to handle our needs, and the fact that it operates in the cloud means we don’t have to deal with proprietary equipment that wears out or needs updates. In the end, we think this CMS has enormous potential for helping us as we continue to change the way we do the business of journalism, and at a reasonable price.”
George Landau, NewsEngin president and founder, added: "We are glad that Skagit, after a detailed review, saw the value of the NewsEngin content management tools and how they can save time and money while also producing better journalism for their community."
At the core of Ampere is software called GPS, a platform-neutral content-management system (CMS) designed to help journalists create, manage and repurpose all types of content. Sometime referred to as “newspaper software” or an “editorial front-end,” GPS helps organizations adapt quickly to the changing nature of news coverage and distribution, while also protecting legacy investments in pagination and web-publishing software.
GPS intelligently routes and packages all content eligible for digital publication and allows all newspapers, websites and broadcast properties in a company to track and share content.
Stories and text elements are written directly in GPS, using a full-featured word processor that requires no browser plugins. GPS features a powerful, intuitive plugin for Adobe InDesign (CS4, CS5 and CS5.5, for OSX and Windows).
Both GPS and NewsEngin's InDesign plugin support newsrooms with traditional, centralized staffing as well as virtual newsrooms that distribute tasks such as editing and page design to workers in various locations.
On the back end, GPS can deliver edited stories to a web CMS for publication to PCs and mobile devices. Automatic categorization of content can automatically route Web content to the correct areas of a site or app.
GPS includes an intuitive digital-asset manager that can serve as a management dashboard for collected photos, audio and video files.
NewsEngin uses Amazon Web Services to provide high-performance cloud services with unparalleled resilience, availability, data security and affordability. The company’s early embrace of browser-based newsroom software written for the open-source LAMP platform (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) has allowed NewsEngin to take full advantage of Amazon’s Linux-based grid, offering those battle-tested apps as a 24/7 cloud service.