Penn State News
Penn State News needed a platform optimized for speed and real-time collaboration.
With a massive amount of content, Penn State News needed a flexible, user-friendly solution.
Drupal CMS, Acquia Cloud Platform
Combining the publishing power of Drupal with a future-flexible front-end framework of Gatsby and React, Penn State News is equipped with a decoupled, open source architecture with the tools to create a compelling digital storytelling experience.
Penn State News is the official news source for Penn State University.
Penn State News, a digital platform that drives 7 million annual page views, was powered by a highly customized, complicated back end. With 250 content editors and a syndication network that includes more than 20 statewide Penn State campuses, the platform needed to be optimized for speed and real-time collaboration. Penn State News wanted to build a best-in-class content authoring experience that was secure, reliable, and scalable.
Penn State News has a massive amount of content, storing more than 60,000 stories and 100,000 images. Additionally, the organization multi-purposes its content into daily large-scale email digests. Iterating and optimizing all this content on the platform was difficult. Penn State News needed a more flexible solution that empowered it to create and maintain pages for specific departments, organizations, and institutions. Creating a compelling, mobile-first experience for readers across the Penn State community was a big undertaking.
The decoupled and open source Drupal CMS architecture provides the News team with the tools to create a compelling digital storytelling experience. The new platform blends the publishing power of Drupal with a future-flexible front-end framework, Gatsby and React. It marks a new chapter in performance and speed for the News team to achieve its editorial ambitions across Penn State University and beyond.