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Configuring basic workflow settings in Superdesk


Newsrooms can be hectic places, but even in the chaos, the news-making process is surprisingly efficient. In fact, the modern newsroom workflow is so methodical that we organised Superdesk, our award-winning open-source headless CMS, to function in much the same way.

As you arrive in the Superdesk digital newsroom on Day 1, your first stop is your “Personal” workspace. Think of this as your desk in a physical newsroom. This is where you can store files, track your publishing history, and arrange things just the way you like them. But in this cubicle, instead of plants and photos of your family, it’s personalised content, like your story drafts and phone lists.

Once you’ve had your morning coffee, it’s time to dig into the day’s content. For an overview of the stories that are brewing, navigate to the “Monitoring” view for a specific “Desk” – such as “News,” “Politics,” and “Sports.” This is where you can peer over the shoulders of everyone working in the newsroom to see what they’re up to – much like the editors’ conference table in the middle of a physical newsroom, minus the ugly furniture. 

Superdesk Monitoring View
Superdesk Monitoring View(Photo: Gregory Bruno)Copyrights Sourcefabic

This organisational concept can also be applied to non-traditional news producers – like research centres and corporate communications departments. Any business with lots of content to manage – either publicly, internally, or only for specific clients – can benefit from the streamlined efficiency of Superdesk.

Newsroom workflows in Superdesk

As we continue on our tour of the Superdesk newsroom, let’s assume we’re editors on the News Desk, and that we need to see what shape the day’s planned content is in. We can do this via “Stages” – the sequence of steps that a piece of content needs to pass through before it’s published. The video below offers more detail on how the Superdesk workflow is organised.

For instance, content in the newsroom’s “Working Stage” is a news item created by a reporter or editor. Content in this stage is labelled "In Progress." 

Once the content is finalised, the creator moves it to the “For approval” stage for editing. Then, when it’s published, it automatically moves to the “Desk Output” stage and is tagged “Published.” 

Many news organisations will also have another stage, labelled “Incoming.” This is content that has been ingested from an external source, such as a freelancer or a wire service. Superdesk can be configured to ingest content from just about anywhere – such as an RSS feed, emails, even a social media account. 

Using the toggles and search bar at the top of the workspace, content in each stage can be sorted and filtered in a variety of ways – such as by content type, date of creation, name, and author.

And there you have it, the end of Day 1 in your new digital newsroom. Tomorrow you’ll learn the basics of creating, editing, and publishing a piece of content in Superdesk. See you then!

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