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This is my version of a Tumblelog. Why, you might ask? Because I can.

Installation and usage

  1. Add newswall to INSTALLED_APPS

  2. Run ./ migrate newswall (or syncdb, if you prefer to work without South)

  3. Add the following line to your

    url(r'^news/', include('newswall.urls')),
  4. Add news providers by create a few Source objects through Django's admin panel

  5. Create a cronjob running ./ update_newswall periodically (i.e. every hour)


newswall has a few bundled providers, those being:


Adds news entries for every active entry in a elephantblog installation on the same website. No additional configuration required (or possible). Add the following JSON configuration to the Source entry:

{"provider": "newswall.providers.elephantblog"}

Facebook Graph Feed

This provider adds news entries for every wall post on a Facebook page. The wall posts are accessed through the Graph API; you'll need a copy of the Python Facebook SDK somewhere on your Python path. You'll need an access token with offline_access permission for this provider. Required configuration follows:

{"provider": "newswall.providers.fb_graph_feed",
"object": "FEINHEIT",      // used to construct the Graph request URL
"from_id": "239846135569", // used to filter stories created by the
                           // object referenced above, ignores stories
                           // sent by others
"access_token": "..."

Hvae a look at the following blog post to find out how to generate such an access token: <>

RSS Feed

The RSS feed provider can take any RSS or Atom feed (in fact anything parseable by feedparser and turn the stories into news entries:

"provider": "newswall.providers.feed",
"source": ""

Twitter RSS Feed

Specialized RSS feed provider which does not write anything into the story body but only fills the story title. Title and content are always the same in Twitter's RSS feed anyway:

"provider": "newswall.providers.twitter",
"user": "feinheit"
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