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Quick poll for those of you who have feature stories on your university's primary home page:

1) How often are the stories updated?
2) Who is responsible for writing the stories?
3) How many people in total are involved in the process from writing to designing to Web production to get these stories up/changed?

Can you include your URL in your response?

Thanks! :)

* Follow-up question: Can you describe your technical implementation of this feature?

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1) We try to update once a week. Sometimes we'll get two or three in a week, and sometimes it goes a couple weeks without an update (like in the summer.)
2) The copywriter (me). Sometimes I recruit students to write for me.
3) Typically, two to three people. Me, someone above me, and whoever is involved in the story. I post them using an in-house designed CMS.
1. Updated Daily
2. University Relations Staff and Event management system from scheduling office (automatically)
3. Only 1 person needed

We have events, news, and feature stories all updating automatically on our page. Each area responsible for those particular items have a tool to post the stories. They are all added and removed by a date system. The calendar is fed from a third party system (rss) into our homepage.
1. Not nearly as often as we'd like. Probably once every other week.
2. Office of Public Affairs.
3. One.

The failure of the feature stories on our front page shouldn't be fully blamed on the one person charged with posting them. It's really a failure in prioritizing the website and the unstable system we use to maintain it. Hopefully, some of these obstacles will be removed shortly as we convert to an open source system in the upcoming months. Fingers crossed.

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