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Screenscrapers to collect press releases (for churnalism.com)
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pr_scrapers

Scrapers to collect press releases. In Python.

This project is a stand-alone sandbox for easy development of press release scrapers for incorporation into churnalism.com. It's designed to require minimal setup...

Requirements

  • lxml
  • BeautifulSoup (for UnicodeDammit)

Details

Just copy an existing scraper (eg onepoll.py) and start hacking about!

base.py is a mockup of the churnalism.com scraper interface. Rather than working against a database it just dumps scraped press releases out to stdout. It provides the BaseScraper interface to derive scrapers from. It also installs a caching handler for urllib2 which creates a ".cache" directory to stores downloaded files. This makes repeated test runs during development a lot quicker. Just delete the ".cache" dir to clear the cache.

To try out your scraper, add something like this:

if __name__ == "__main__":
    scraper = Scraper()
    scraper.run()

Then you can just run it directly, eg:

$ python <your_scraper>
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