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I’m drafting a proposal to reallocate the resources from our internal print publication to a blog. What I’m looking for are examples of great university news blog. Also, if you write one, could you tell me a little about your experience with that? Would you consider your blog successful? What were some of the challenges you faced? What were some of the benefits?

Thanks!

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I dunno about great— but.

I think our news blog (based in Wordpress) has very successfully served us in two ways:

1) It allows us to re-purpose magazine content and feed news about our departments to their websites, which means their sites always have fresh content.

Example: Chemical Engineering
http://engineering.missouri.edu/news/category/academic-departments/...
http://engineering.missouri.edu/chemical/

2) We send thousands of alums/constituents our email newsletter once a month. The newsletter is designed to send people to the engineering news site, rather than being its own written entity.

This approach creates a massive spike in visits to the news site, gradually driving up the general readership, and hopefully creating advertising and fundraising opportunities with the traffic.

http://engineeringnews.missouri.edu/June09/

Cheers!
Here is our News Center page I developed in Wordpress.

http://www.sandiego.edu/insideusd/

Also our alumni magazine:

http://www.sandiego.edu/usdmag

Let me know if you have any questions,

Mike
We have several print pieces with full online versions -- all of them have been built in wordpress. It's really flexible, easily templated, and easy to use. Unfortunately - we weren't able to get wordpress MU to work on our university servers -- so I have multiple wordpress installations to maintain. If you can get MU to work - it would be the best solution for rolling out multiple sites.

Users love the online versions -- they can email articles to friends, post them via facebook, twitter, etc -- leave comments on the articles;

Here are a few of the print magazines online sites:
(All content from the magazines is put online - with additional video, photo, audio features added in the online presence)

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/magazines/vanderbilt-magazine/
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/magazines/vanderbilt-business/
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/magazines/acorn-chronicle/
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/magazines/peabody-reflector/
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/magazines/arts-and-science/
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/magazines/quarternote/

Our student newspaper runs on Drupal -- and they have a print version and an online version.
http://www.insidevandy.com/drupal/

Our medical center's print newsletter has an online version -- they produce an "online only" version twice a week (I believe) and the print version once a week.
http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/reporter/

Our news service is completely online - no print version.
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/news

We have quite a few other print publications -- and pretty much all of them have online presences. Right now - you just can't afford to not have an online version of your content. And if you can justify totally losing the print version ... go for it.

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