WordPress is absolutely a tool that can (and given the state of the tools they were previously using, should) be used by Ye Olde Media Guarde. We’ve even made some steps toward supporting a basic editorial workflow with the Contributor role (which can submit posts for review, but not publish them). But using WordPress in that way is like using a computer to print a letter and then fax it to your recipient. It feels like an artificial restriction. We’ve empowered individuals to publish what they want to publish, when they want to publish. Reinstating the print media workflows of the last century very much feels like a step backwards. Writers got a taste of true publishing freedom. Readers got a taste of what it’s like to actually have a connection and conversation with a writer instead of just being delivered their words. We can’t pretend that didn’t happen.
I’ve noticed that @cyprusmail Twitter account became much more active recently. Today I followed one of the posted links to read the news article, and was surprised by the new newspaper’s web site. It is still in beta, but it’s already pretty good!
Finally, there is someone who knows what he (she?) is doing. Based on Drupal CMS, utilizing Amazon S3 service, integrating with Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Facebook, featuring proper RSS feed, slick feedback form, and even placeholders for stuff blogs – that’s quite an achievement!
I definitely welcome the new face (and body) of the Cyprus Mail and wish them great success and to keep up the good job. Now their content is finally matched by its presentation and surrounding functionality.