Pretty much a similar question to http://lockergnome.net/questions/186910/do-you-know-of-any-open-source-magazine-projects but about newsletters. I think a magazine is too large for me for now. I think a monthly/or weekly(?) PDF-kind-of-thing newsletter would be better. So... do you know of any open source newsletter projects? NOT newsletters ABOUT open source but newsletters that ARE open source.
asked Jun 29 '12 at 13:37
I don't know of any. I also realized I never responded to you last time.
If you are still interested in starting your own, you could start with a journaling website that has a Content Management System designed for journalism. For example, run Drupal (http://drupal.org) with OpenPublish (http://openpublishapp.com). Build a community of journalists who are willing to write to your open-source newsletter/magazine with a welcoming for more journalists to come join in. Maybe build a system where anyone could write a story then have others edit it for facts or grammer using a version control system (Not certain, but might be able to make a hack to do this using GitHub pulls or someting with articles in plaintext on a git server). Then from there, take whichever stories and either wrap them up in an ePub or PDF or whichever you were looking forward to (regarding this, I personally LOVE my RSS reader, just saying ;P). Considering a lot of front-end stuff is freely available out there, you could expect to spend more time developing a back-end system that accomodates whatever method for open-source journling you decide on. I also think the hardest part in maintaining such a community will be in gathering newcomers and directing their content accordingly.