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Products.PressRoom (3.17)

by Olha Pelishok last modified 2011-09-02
Released on 2011-08-29 by Jon Stahl for Plone 3.0, Plone 4.0 under GPL - GNU General Public License available for All platforms.
Software development stage: stable
Allows users to instantly create a polished, professional press room, featuring press releases, press clips and press contacts.

Press Room is a simple add-on product which can be used to easily manage an online Press Room within your Plone site. It adds 4 new content types to your Plone site including a Press Release, a Press Clip (i.e. an outside news piece), and a Press Contact (someone who might be available to speak to the press.)

It also provides a Press Room, a folderish content type with a nice default view and some automatically created folders and Collections (aka Smart Folders) to help you organize and present your press materials.

Some press rooms we observed in making this product are found at,,,, and Our goal was to make something suitable for many kinds of organizations, including nonprofits, businesses, educational institutions, and more.


Press Releases

  • Headline
  • Subheadline
  • Release date & timing
  • Location
  • Image
  • Related press contacts (see below)
  • Related content items elsewhere on your site

Press Clips

Published media stories about your organization or of general interest.

  • Date of story
  • Publication
  • Reporter
  • Excerpted text
  • Hyperlink to original story

Press Contacts

People with whom reporters can follow up. Press Contacts can be associated with Press Releases.

  • Name
  • Description
  • Job Title
  • Email Address
  • City
  • State/Province
  • Organization
  • Phone number

Press Room provides a master "Press Room" view showing a configurable number of Releases, Clips and Contacts (any of which can also be hidden).

Press Room also makes available RSS feeds of Press Releases and Press Clips.

Current Status of Press Room

This release of PressRoom has been tested with Plone 2.5.5, Plone 3.3.2, and Plone 4.0b1. We assume it will work for most Plone releases 2.5 through 4.0b1. If you have a Plone 2.1 site, please see the PressRoom 1.1 line. We are committed to supporting the two most current Plone releases at a time.

Known bugs and issues are listed at

Suggestions welcome! (Code even more welcome!)



Install in the usual way, by:

  • Adding the Products.PressRoom egg to your buildout
  • Browse to your plone site --> site setup --> add/remove products
  • Click install (or you can use the QuickInstaller tool in the Zope Management Interface)


We recommend creating a Press Room object in the root of your site. Then begin creating Press Releases, Press Clips and Press Contacts in your Press Room.

The "Add Press (item)" links in the Press Room will shortcut you to subfolders intended to store these items. Only items stored in their appropriate subfolder will be shown in the Press Room view.

You may create Press Releases, Clips and Contacts elsewhere in your site, but these will not be shown in the Press Room view.

You might find it useful to suppress the ability to add normal News Items if Press Room replaces that need. You can do that by going into the portal_types tool in the ZMI and unchecking "implicitly addable" for News Items.

Note that in Plone 3.0+, the infrastructure supporting each Press Room by default is created as "private". The Press Room provides a button to publish all of these. That button will NOT publish any actual Releases, Clips or Contacts -- just the folders that contain them and the Collections that aggregate them.

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