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|The Common Ground News Service (CGNews) is a news
syndicate that distributes original op-ed articles in six languages, free of charge, to international news outlets for republication. Distributed articles center around improving Muslim-Western relations by probing divisive issues of the day, clarifying misplaced stereotypes, and promoting mutual understanding.
The CGNews website is available in six languages (English, Hebrew, Arabic, Urdu, French and Indonesian) and relies on an extensive understanding of international web standards to display foreign alphabet encodings and right-to-left language designs. Urdu was a particular challenge as Pakistan is still evolving in the area of standard compliant web practices.
The CGNews website has many add-ons, including: RSS feeds in each language that increase search engine exposure and are used to deliver articles directly to news outlets and subscribers; an online video section; an email subscriber section; a customized google search tool; and an online article submission form.
Behind the scenes, the CGNews website uses a proprietary Content Management System (CMS) that allows staff to upload articles, chart subscribers, track editor relationships, monitor article placements and run statistics on all tracked data.
Skills Used: RSS, SEO, CMS, MySQL, Video, Google Graphs, Google Search Bar, HTML, PHP, English, French, Urdu, Arabic, Hebrew, Indonesian