The Lawrence Journal-World Gets Out of the CMS Business, Losing Out to Freebies Like WordPress

By: Andrew Phelps | Nieman Journalism Lab

The future is uncertain for Ellington, the content management system designed by a news organization for news organizations. Ten people working on the project were laid off this week.

Developers at the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World created Ellington for their own needs, and they liked it so much the company got into the business of licensing the CMS to other news organizations. About six years ago the World Co. created a division called Mediaphormedia that provided hosting, software updates, and ongoing support to clients.

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