Session: Lessons Learned From 10 Years of Newsroom Open Source
The Texas Tribune has now been in business for 10 years, and a decade of publishing means we’ve had our share of open-source wins and losses. The CMS the Knight Foundation gave us nearly $1 million to develop fell short of expectations — an example of biting off more than we could chew and scaling a product before we knew its demand or had the resources to market it. But, we’ve had success in sharing our donation platform with other nonprofits, and others have expressed interest in our open-source pixel tracker and CSS library. We’re also big consumers of open-source technology ourselves, having used Django to power our publishing efforts for a decade. In short, I’ll look to set the stage for the rest of the day by overviewing some high-level lessons learned.