I have sites where I use both, and could probably merge them into a single module with some thought to the navigation changes. One for reporting events and activities, the other more for conversation, ideas, and opinions.
The news module I've been using is the one from InstantZero and it has the ability to manage submit, approve, and viewing based on groups and topic (category). It also has the ability to expire articles and move them to the 'archive', which I like. That's a lot to try and build into another module, along with bringing it up to the latest ImpressCMS, PHP, and MySQL versions. I'm open to it, though.
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