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PauPress

August 2, 2013 in Resources, Technology

PauPress began back in 2006 when we started to code sites in WordPress for non-profits and start-ups. In 2010 it started to take shape as we built out a suite of functions for a number of large sites that had a demand for an integrated, professional platform to manage both their content and their audience. Since then it’s been a staple of our production environments for both large and small organizations alike. The concept was pretty simple — provide CRM functionality without all the baggage, headaches and costs so that social missions and creative endeavors could do more with less.

“We are Frank and Karoline Neville-Hamilton and we’ve been doing this sort of work online for non-profits and creative individuals since the late 90′s. We’ve worked with clients as large as the WorldBank and the United Nations and we’ve worked with endeavors as small as sites for our close friends who have taken the leap into self-employment. We’d like to think that that broad range of experience gives us a really good perspective on how solid business practices can be simplified and applied so that everyone can grow to do what they do best.” Source: PauPress

“With PauPress you can easily add and arrange as many custom fields to your user’s profiles as you need, set advanced permissions and then search those fields to find commonalities or differences. You can create as many contact forms as you like from your existing user fields and track detailed user activity with an intuitive note system. These are the basics of any CRM (contact relationship management) application and PauPress does it all with the ease and simplicity of WordPress.

“Need to do more? With the pro version, you get front-end user registration and account management, searching of user activity, bulk editing of users & actions, import user data, a full-featured e-commerce solution for purchases and donations, an email marketing engine that integrates with MailChimp, Google Maps, User-generated content and Membership restricted access — all integrated into the same application for a seamless user interface that just works.” Source: Plugpress.com

Verify U.S. Federal Government Social Media Accounts

August 24, 2012 in Craft, Resources

There are thousands of social media accounts claiming to be associated with the federal government, but how do you know which are real? It’s relatively easy to set up a Twitter account or Facebook profile claiming government connections that aren’t real.

Officials at the General Services Administration want to to aid citizens with a new tool to allow them to find out if a given account is legit.

Available on HowTo.gov, GSA’s Social Media Registry supports more than 20 of the most common social media platforms. Its main purpose is three-fold:

The public will be able to verify that a social media account is run by the government, or spot a fake.

The registry will help manage all these accounts governmentwide by offering application programming interfaces that allow agencies to get data about their agencies.

Finally, the registry serves as a one-stop shop that eliminates the need for different solutions for each agency.

The database is build in Ruby on Rails — an open-source web framework — and officials said the code that powers the registry is open source and available on GitHub. Officials said they teamed with industry partners such as Sunlight Labs, Code for America and Expert Labs to make the registry open and sharable…

Only accounts of official U.S. government agencies, organizations or programs will be tracked by the registry. Government employees will be able to register accounts managed by federal agencies, elected officials, members of the president’s cabinet and heads of agencies. No personal, employee or other types of social media accounts will be included.” Source: Federal Computer Week

SuBMoJour – Sustainable Business Models for Journalism

June 1, 2012 in Resources, Revenue

New forms of content production and social interaction have significantly changed the media landscape and people´s communication behaviour. The overlap between traditional mass media forms and diverse modes of user generated content is expanding. This has provoked a wave of research and speculation about the future of possible new modes and models for journalism. At the same time, the business models of traditional media companies are going through profound transformations. Old ways of making business don´t necessarily work anymore, and new, sustainable models are badly needed.

SuBmoJour project will be realized in two phases. The first phase consists of planning and building the Jbusinessmodels101.com database. The database will present business models that are profitable, or are soon becoming profitable. The Jbusinessmodels101.com database will serve as a tool of research and development, as an open innovation database and as a how-to quide about creating revenue models for publications.

In the second phase, we will study with in-depth case studies the economical and social conditions of journalism in order to understand what the context of these business models is.
The project will carry out case studies in the USA, Europe and Japan. The work concentrates on three interrelated themes, 1) business models and production concepts, 2) work processes, and 3) journalistic identities.

SuBmoJour is a collaboration project of three universities, USC Annenberg, J-School of Waseda University and Journalism Research and Development Centre at Tampere University.” Source: SuBMoJour