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Internews Helps Local Media in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to Build New Websites

20 December 2017
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Internews provides the media with free solutions to build new websites. NewsTempl has been designed to improve the online presence of the media outlets with limited financial resources in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Its advantage over website templates like WordPress or Squarespace is that it is adapted for media sites, featuring seven distinct versions and 14 plug-ins ready to be installed (such as Paypal and Google XML Sitemaps), useful for online publications. The developer uses the free WordPress platform, which has a large community of users who can help with advice when needed.

With the help of this user-friendly tool, creation of a new website takes only 20-30 minutes. NewsTempl can be used to customize and adapt a new website to the needs of any media outlet that has an integrated content management system, allowing the editing and posting of multimedia and interactive content in an intuitive and fast way. Instructions for using NewsTempl will be available in Romanian, Ukrainian, Georgian and English.

“Many local media outlets in the region lose their potential audience and fail to keep pace with competitors from other countries, which are subsidized, because of poorly designed websites that are difficult to update without constant IT support,” says Angela Sirbu, who supervises this effort. "NewsTempl will help local media to adopt innovative online journalism formats that involve the audience and attract new audiences.”

Internews partners in this initiative are the Independent Journalism Center of Moldova, Internews Ukraine, and Internews Georgia. For more information, you may contact Oleg Gant, NewsTempl Administrator: oleg.gant@gmail.com.