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Most newspapers rely on gigantic, expensive, monolithic content management systems that function very much like the production systems that print the paper every day. Inputs go in, magic happens, a website comes out. It works the same way every day or there’s hell to pay.

And around that rhythmic mode of operation, we’ve created comfortable workflows that feed it. And because it’s comfortable, there’s an amazing amount of inertia around all of it. Change is scary. The consequences down the line could be bad. We should go slow.

[Because of this,] experimentation takes place almost entirely outside the main content management system.

Matt Waite: To build a digital future for news, developers must be able to hack at the core of old systems » Nieman Journalism Lab

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