Writing is a Challenging But Needed Profession in WordPress
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Writing is a Challenging But Needed Profession in WordPress

The WordPress project, software, and community are equally important. They all play a role in ensuring growth, progress, and success. A sizeable economy of users, builders, and business owners depends on it. That’s why staying informed is vital. And so much of the reporting and learning opportunities come from unofficial sources. We need more people within the WordPress community who are interested in writing and more places to amplify their voices.

The Unsung Hero of Indie Journalism
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The Unsung Hero of Indie Journalism

Since its arrival in 2019, Automattic’s Newspack hasn’t attracted much attention within the WordPress community, despite a decent amount of coverage by WP Tavern and some from Post Status. It’s been largely unreported on beyond its role as a flashpoint in the recent Twitter drama between Matt Mullenweg and GoDaddy. Even after Matt’s explanation in…

The popular free software project “youtube-dl”…

The popular free software project “youtube-dl” was removed from Github following a legal notice from the Recording Industry Association of America claiming it violates U.S. copyright law. Youtube-dl is “a powerful general-purpose media tool that allows users to make local copies of media from a very broad range of sites.” Journalists in particular make use…

After years in the making with…

After years in the making with funding by the Google News Initiative, The Membership Guide has been released by The Membership Puzzle Project and The Lenfest Institute. 🗞️ The Membership Guide offers best practices, case studies, and practical advice for creating and maintaining relationships and memberships with readers. While this material is geared toward online…

Video and podcast picks

📹 Here’s my video pick of the week: There’s an interesting discussion at the Gutenberg Times between Enrique Piqueras and Birgit Pauli-Haack about the highlights of a full-site editing experience and how block-based themes could work. Francesca Marano has two videos (part 1 and part 2 + slides) from the last WordCamp US on how…

Andrew Staffell, director and developer at…

Andrew Staffell, director and developer at Yes We Work, discusses how WordPress plugins were developed to improve collaborative editing and editorial accountability for citizen journalism at WikiTribune. The open-sourced plugins (Fabrica Collaborative Editing and Fabrica Pending Revisions) allow multiple users to edit the same post at the same time while tracking their changes for approval…

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