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Release Notes: MuckRock docs get an upgrade, simpler WordPress embeds, and a bug fix

Release Notes: MuckRock docs get an upgrade, simpler WordPress embeds, and a bug fix

This week, we upgraded older document embeds on MuckRock and released a small timesaver for DocumentCloud users.

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Release Notes: What your newsroom needs to know about the DocumentCloud migration

Release Notes: What your newsroom needs to know about the DocumentCloud migration

We’re three-quarters through migrating newsrooms over to the upgraded DocumentCloud platform, so we wanted to take some time to walk through what we’ve learned so far and what newsrooms need to know for a smooth transition. The video of our discussion last week — including Q&A time where we answered burning questions — is below. We also upgraded MuckRock’s servers to offer a faster, more responsive experience.

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Release Notes: MuckRock's biggest upgrade in years is one we hope you won't notice

Release Notes: MuckRock’s biggest upgrade in years is one we hope you won’t notice

MuckRock’s software is written in Python on top of the Django platform, and we’re doing a major upgrade from Python 2 and Django 1.11 to Python 3 and Django 2.2. It’s one of our most major MuckRock changes in years — and one we hope will have a minimal impact on day-to-day usage.

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We’re resuming monthly FOIA request follow-ups

We’re resuming monthly FOIA request follow-ups

In March, as government agencies closed or reconfigured operations at all levels, we paused our automated follow-up systems. Now that agencies are getting back to work at the new normal, we’re resuming our automated follow-up systems to ensure requests get a timely acknowledgment and response.

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Announcing the winners of our FOIA contest!

Announcing the winners of our FOIA contest!

MuckRock launched a special contest in January in search of great public records request ideas. Today we’re pleased to announce the winners.

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