101+ ways to improve the DTH

We passed around internally the link to Cyber Journalist’s “101 ways to improve your news site” yesterday and set up a way for staff to contribute to a 101+ list for The Daily Tar Heel of what we can do to improve.

I wanted to open this up to everyone. What do you think? Give us feedback!


1 Response to “101+ ways to improve the DTH”

  1. April 22, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Hey Sara,
    This idea’s not real concrete, but is more about the kind of people you ought to actively recruit:
    In addition to the tech types who can help you guys code new tools, consider also recruiting those students interested in anthropology, sociology and networking, to help you guys figure out how to build and enhance community.
    You don’t need to set up a whole different Facebook/Myspace kind of world, but offering students interested in those soft sciences a chance to explore how online communities work would be a cool opportunity for them and the DTH.
    Managing comments, the Kvetching Board or online pools (or whatever new things you do) would be an interesting study for sociology and anthropology students.
    (Comment inspired by danah boyd’s recent talk at Penn State, notes at:

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The Magic Bullet

Our goal for next year is to bring The Daily Tar Heel to the forefront of online innovation. We've got an opportunity to create a CMS that will help the paper transition to Web-first publishing and facilitate an online mindset among staff. We believe there's no magic bullet that will solve every newspaper's problems online, but we're trying to find the magic bullet that will solve ours. This blog will chronicle The Daily Tar Heel's move off of College Media Network onto a Drupal CMS.

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