Building out a way to present simple databases online (that can be used by the average reporter). Believe me, it's the latter part that presents the biggest challenge.
An idea to inject some live journalism into the YDR booth at the York Fair.
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.