Newsrooms of today have to adapt to changing circumstances at a seemingly ever-increasing pace, which also puts pressure on the technology they utilize. Poynter discussed what is required of a modern content management system, noting that many news organisations are currently thinking about how to improve their CMSs. Based on the experience of three interviewees who have had integral roles in CMS development, Poynter presented some of the ways CMSs are evolving.
Although the interviewed people represented different kinds of publications that have different needs from their CMSs, many common aspects arose across the board. One development is that instead of relying on a single CMS, news outlets increasingly use a combination of integrated systems. According to Poynter, news organisations have realised that a bundle of systems often suits their needs better than a single CMS. And as those needs keep evolving in time, using different software for different needs is a more flexible solution and can be developed more easily to meet the changing requirements. NPR's blog network Argo, for example, is based on WordPress but also uses Django, Delicious and Daylife for particular tasks.