Building a responsively-designed high school football preview.
We had about two weeks to build a system to collect user-submitted photos and display them in galleries. For no cost. We did it, but we might have cheated a bit.
It's OK if your 1A story is not the most important story on your website, because they're different products. Internet history shows us that trying to be everything tends to leave you with nothing.
Are you working in the news industry? Chances are you have exactly 0 dollars to spend on dev tools/hosting/etc. Luckily, Google can help.
A quick-and-dirty PHP script to edit the EXIF data (caption) for photos (JPEGs only).
Journalists tend to rely on a lot of externally-produced tools. Taking the time to judiciously select the ones that get used is well worth it.