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If you work with drafts from students and then publish, here’s a bit of code for functions.php that will send the author an e-mail once the post is live.

function wpr_authorNotification($post_id) {
   $post = get_post($post_id);
   $author = get_userdata($post->post_author);

   $message = "
      Hi ".$author->display_name.",
      Your post, ".$post->post_title." has just been published. Well done!
   wp_mail($author->user_email, "Your article is online", $message);
add_action('publish_post', 'wpr_authorNotification');

SOURCE: WPRecipes.(via Cats Who Code)


Good overview of how to integrate the Docs to WordPress plug-in into your WP workflow. Layer in EditFlow — and in the case of the Bangor Daily News, hooks to the print production CMS — and you’ve got a pretty impressive (and cheap) CMS for your newsroom. Here’s William Davis of Bangor giving a quick tour of the workflow.

Good recap story on Bangor’s integration from WordPress Publisher’s Blog.


The Knight Digital Media Center has to together a nice basic set of tutorials aimed at WordPress newbies. “While the focus of some tutorials is on technology and journalism, most are general enough to be of use to anyone.”

Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.