"The idea is to consolidate a lot of our IT infrastructure and systems at the Houston Chronicle," explains Mike Fogel, VP of Technology Development for Hearst Newspapers.
"We,re trying to create a service center in Houston to drive better service, cost savings, and more efficiency."
Fogel notes, however, that Hearst
is does not anticipate layoffs as a result of the new system.The initiative only includes the papers in Texas and New York for right now, but Fogel
says that Hearst
is studying the possibility of further consolidation in the future.Hearst
,s three metro papers, the San Francisco Chronicle
, San Antonio Express
,News and Seattle Post
are currently CCI users.
The Albany and Houston papers are currently at work overhauling workflow designs that will be implemented with the new system.The papers will work together as much as possible to standardize workflows and naming conventions, Fogel
says, although he
notes that it will be impossible to achieve 100 percent standardization, primarily due to the fact that the Houston system will have to support some Spanish,language features.
The new installation calls for 499 seats 72 percent of which will be in Houston.Reporters will use InCopy and page layout will be done with InDesign.Journalists working offsite will use DTI's eWriter tool to connect to the network and submit stories.Hearst
looked at several vendors before choosing DTI
says, adding that DTI
,s integration of standard software like InDesign and InCopy was a major reason for the choice.
is ahead of the curve in integrating newer products," he
The purchase includes an additional content repository that Hearst
requested specifically . The company,s newspapers will establish a corporate,wide news budgeting system that will allow editors across the group to see news budgets, Fogel