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Daily Illini launches new site using Drupal


The Daily Illini, just up the road from Eastern, has launched a new version of built on the Drupal open-source CMS. The DI was formerly a College Publisher affiliate.

Former editor-in-chief Steve Contorno explains:

For the past several years, The Daily Illini has strived to be a leader in online journalism for college newspapers. Having received multiple national and state awards for our Web site, you might wonder why we’re not just sitting on our laurels but decided to transform completely into the new Web site you see before you.

In online journalism, the old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” just doesn’t apply. It’s about staying ahead of the curve, trying and exploring new technologies and, most importantly, building a site that allows our readers the most enlightening experience possible. We think we did just that.

I will interject myself at this point to say that we’re not done, so please, pardon our dust. For the next few weeks, and probably months, we will continue to introduce new features, as well as improve the existing ones. If you have any suggestions or problems to report, visit the forums and let us know what you think. Your opinion is always at the forefront of our mind, so share your thoughts.

The new has been a project in the works for more than a year. When we first set out on this task, our goal was simple: create a user-friendly Web site that supported the newsroom’s efforts to be a 24/7 source for information.

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