The Independent has switched over its blog publishing platform from LiveJournal to WordPress, in an effort to "raise standards," Journalism.co.uk reported yesterday.
This move by the newspaper follows the recent introduction of Disqus system on its website to improve its comments system, by requesting the real names of commentators, according to Journalism.co.uk. The new-look blog bears resemblance to its website and the blogs from independent journalists, columnists and group blogs are now more closely integrated.
"The blogs are built with a standard WordPress system, incorporating our Disqus comments. We are demonstrating that globally standard programs can free mainstream journalism from the complex bespoke set-ups of the past," Martin King, online editor of Independent told Journalism.co.uk.
The WordPress platform allows only in-house or invited bloggers to use their journal profiles and post comments or entries on the blog channel, as in contrary to the Live Journal platform that facilitated access to all readers. As a part of the new set up, new blogs have been added that include The Foreign Desk, Sports, Arts and Notebook. Blog updates from standalone journalists on the Independent Minds site are aggregated and they can now update their blogs via e-mail as well.