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I’m really impressed with the open source collaborative news site platform – NewCloud, worth a quick gander if you’re thinking of starting up a site for a particular cause/effort or project. Jeff writes –

“If you’re looking to start up your own online media publication but want something more sophisticated than a blog, check out the latest release of the NewsCloud Open Source Media Platform. NewsCloud.com is a social network for news, like Digg but open source with a greater emphasis on building grassroots networks for collaborative journalism.

If you don’t feel comfortable running your own Linux distribution, you might get your feet wet with a NewsCloud Journal or Group which you can customize with Smarty templates. NewsCloud promises more sophisticated hosting and customization options in the near future.

NewsCloud also offers a guide to bloggers for those that want to integrate more news content on their existing blog or promote their
writing on NewsCloud.”
Blog post & Wiki.

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