Stephens Media Selects NewsEngin Ampere as the Content Management System at 11 of its Daily Newspapers and all Affiliated Weekly Newspapers

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Stephens Media has selected NewsEngin Ampere as the content management system at 11 of its daily newspapers and all affiliated weekly newspapers. These Stephens newspapers already are live on Ampere, which combines end-user newspaper software and cloud-based services.

Stephens Media has selected NewsEngin Ampere as the content management system at 11 of its daily newspapers and all affiliated weekly newspapers, NewsEngin announced today.

These Stephens newspapers already are live on Ampere, which combines end-user newspaper software and cloud-based services to drive the mission-critical journalistic and publishing processes of print and digital news organizations. Ampere streamlines the creation and publication of high-value content with minimal on-site investment in IT.

Stephens Media publishes more than 50 newspapers in 10 states, from North Carolina to Hawaii.
As part of the deployment, NewsEngin’s CMS is providing dynamic feeds to a new web-publishing platform that Stephens Media staff built. A story can be written once in the NewsEngin system and published to multiple Stephens Media publishing platforms with no additional work.

The deployment also allows Stephens Media newspapers to use other NewsEngin modules, including NewsEngin TeamPlayer for high school sports scores and statistics, and NewsEngin EventTracker for calendar events.

“With the installation of NewsEngin Ampere at our Stephens Media newspapers, it has given us multiple ways to distribute our content,” said Carl Nobel, Stephens' director of IT. “NewsEngin being a truly cloud based system has also given our end users the ability to be anywhere, anytime to produce content and make it available for multiple distribution.
“Not only can our users produce content for our local papers, but NewsEngin gives us the ability to share our content with our other sites with in the group. The transition from our old system to NewsEngin was very smooth with the help of the NewsEngin staff.”

The Stephens Media newsrooms that are live on Ampere were able to put NewsEngin software into production rapidly, with no on-site training. NewsEngin is using Amazon Web Services to provide high-performance cloud services with unparalleled resilience, availability, data security and affordability.

“We at NewsEngin are thrilled but not surprised that Stephens Media has seen such immediate rewards from its investment in NewsEngin cloud services," said George Landau, the company's president and founder. "They've leveraged the versatility of NewsEngin to power a digital publishing platform that encourages far greater innovation."

At the core of the NewsEngin Ampere is 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 automatically can 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.

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