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I need help with creating an electronic newspaper

 
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I need help with creating an electronic newspaper for sharing the news fo the little place i live.
Everybody in the village would be welcomed to write to me his thoughts ,his articles and content that would like others to see
and then i would be composing it in an electronic newspaper form and sharing to others.Also for specific months(like the summer when it is the peak period) it would be good
to print these pages and hand them to the people of the village.
Can anyone help on where to begin and which programs and formats to use?
 
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You're essentially trying to create a blog, correct? Well, that would be minus the part about printing it out and handing it to everyone. I don't think that idea is nearly as efficient, by the way.
 
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In the online world, what you are describing is typically called a "Content Management System (CMS)"  Many of the larger sites run a CMS called "Drupal", however Drupal is very complicated and has a steep learning curve.

Among the smaller, simpler, CMS systems, "Wordpress" is very popular.  I think one of the reasons it's so popular is because you can host it on their site (WordPress.com), which means you don't need your own server.

If you want to host your own system here is a list of some of the better, simple, CMS systems:
Top 5 Content Management Systems for the Complete Beginner

Note: Wordpress can also be run on your own server.
 
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I don't think a blog is what i was describing.Blogs are like one page articles.What i need is the format of a newspaper.In every page each person can share their thoughts about problems of the region and proposal of solutions.Also people can share if they sell their homegrown eggs,if they accept the grass clippings of others for their chicken(for waste management) ,events about cleaning of the beach etc.You get the idea.I just need it to be like newspaper.
 
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Can you not just create the newsletter on normal word processing software (I use Libre Office rather than Microsoft)? I'm sure you'd be able to find or create a template that suits your needs.

How're you planning to distribute your newsletter? There might be specific options for email.
 
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While WordPress (as well as the other CMS) is commonly used for blogging, it can do MUCH more, it can be setup as a mailing list, online discussion forums, media gallery, online store, or a news site with articles pulled in from other sources, or local content.  Or you can set it up to be a combination of the above.

You can set it up so that other people have rights to publish articles, or can upload them for your editing/approval, etc.
 
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maybe something like this?
newspaper template
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A blog can look like a newspaper. It is not necessary that there is only one article visible. I am not familiar with wordpress, but for a project like this, I would go for it without even asking. On most blogging platforms you can invite people to write for you (called editor). Other people who only write once a year, I would prefer them to send me an article in word and then I would put it up for them. If it's for a village only why not host it and pay the $30 or so per year?
 
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After I read the whole post, I did not get anything to understand, so better I suggest you go Hotmail support to sort out your problem, Whenever I find any kind of help I always prefer to go there.
 
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bernetta putnam wrote:maybe something like this?
newspaper template



Yes that seems nice ,It would be good if i could create a couple of pages like this and send them to the people.
 
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I don't know if this helps you any but I really like the Coffee News setup for newspapers. Now, that is a coffeehouse newspaper basically, very popular in the areas that they have.
 
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Another deployment option is issuu .

I have had great success using issuu to publish my online magazines. Here's an example: https://issuu.com/ckrmagazine/docs/sept_oct_2010

Now producing that magazine is a different story. But as long as you have a PDF of your "newsletter" you can publish and deploy using issuu. It may be a bit more sophisticated than you're looking for, but I have found it to be a good tool to reach my audience with my publication. I never needed the pay version, I was happy with the free version.

 
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