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Charlottesville Tomorrow's open-source news platform

Charlottesville Tomorrow's website is a state of the art open-source publishing platform built using the Armstrong Python/Django framework  made available by The Texas Tribune and The Bay Citizen

Charlottesville Tomorrow's site is maintained and enhanced by CvilleIT with a team based in Charlottesville and Waynesboro.

In 2012, CultureMap & Mouth Watering Media, selected because of their expertise with the Armstrong Python/Django framework, developed Charlottesville Tomorrow's new platform by leveraging the existing Armstrong code base, enhancing existing apps, and creating new additions to the Armstrong repository.  Other new applications have been developed for Charlottesville Tomorrow that have been made available to the open-source Armstrong code base.

Charlottesville Tomorrow also had its entire 7 years of historical news coverage imported and integrated into the new platform to ensure the community has improved access to thousands of news stories and hundreds of hours of audio recordings.  The original website, a TypePad blog, will remain available indefinitely to preserve historical links.

This site demonstrates the extensibility and flexibility of Armstrong and its potential positive impact it can have to the broader news ecosystem if other organizations begin using the framework.

Thank you to our supporters

Financial support for this project has been provided in part by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.