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  1. Camayak scheduled downtime on June 6

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    On June 6th, we’re going to be performing system maintenance, which we expect to take up to three hours. During this time the Camayak software will be available, but the Camayak product website will be unavailable.

    If you usually login via camayak.com, during this window you will need to login directly via my.camayak.com instead.

    June 6th 2017:

    • Central EU: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m
    • UK: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m
    • Eastern US: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m
    • Central US: 7 a.m. – 10 a.m
    • Mountain US: 6 a.m. – 9 a.m
    • Pacific US: 5 a.m. – 8 a.m
    • Hawai’i: 2 a.m. – 5 a.m

    We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

  2. Camayak search turns your archive into a power tool

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    Since Camayak is a “headless CMS” that connects your newsroom to all its publishing destinations, it’s also an effective archive. Now it lets you search through everything that you’ve published to your various platforms, so you can leverage all that work in one place.

    We’ll import your archives from any CMS, so you can search whatever archives you currently have in disparate systems. All your colleagues will be able to do the same, as they file their work, track their progress, manage deadlines and publish directly back to all your publishing destinations.

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    If you’d like to talk to someone who’s saving hours each week by organizing their newsroom with Camayak, let us know and we’ll put you in touch.

  3. UCLA’s Daily Bruin staff works twice as fast as it did in 2013

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    The time it takes the Daily Bruin staff at UCLA to complete and publish an assignment has almost halved since they started using Camayak in 2013. Back then it took the Daily Bruin newsroom an average of 64 hours to produce, edit and publish an assignment. So far in 2016 it takes them just 35 hours.

    Year on year, the Daily Bruin staff have improved the pace at which they complete new assignments:

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    One reason for this faster process is that Daily Bruin contributors are submitting their first drafts in less than half the time that they did three years ago. In 2016 the average submission time has been under 10 hours, compared to over 21 hours in 2013.

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    Editing at the Daily Bruin – that often requires six or seven people to check work before it’s approved – has also become faster, taking 25 hours per assignment this year compared to 41 hours in 2013 (a saving of almost 40%). This year alone, the Daily Bruin team is showing marked progress in its efforts to complete the writing and editing components of its work with gusto.

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    Despite working more quickly, the Daily Bruin staff haven’t decreased the volume of their production – averaging between 330-350 assignments per month and on schedule to exceed that this year.

    Another one of the first college publications to adopt Camayak – the Kansas State Collegian – are also showing a speed increase of almost 30% since 2013 and month-on-month this year are outpacing their first year using Camayak by more than 60%.

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    If you’d like to get an idea for how Camayak can help you evolve your own workflows, get in touch at hello@camayak.com.

  4. New instant messenger speeds up digital workflow for hundreds of newsrooms

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    Instant messenger for newsrooms

    Your time is precious. An editor who manages six writers recently told us: “we’re on Slack but it would be so much faster if Camayak had its own real-time chat option”.

    Now it does.

    The new chat feature helps you meet deadlines and improve the quality of work by letting you:

    • privately discuss anyone’s work with them
    • clarify the editorial budget while everyone’s looking at it
    • comment on staff performance with the data in front of you

    All in real-time, from anywhere with an internet connection.

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    If you’d like to see how Camayak is helping remotely distributed newsrooms flourish, we’re offering extended free trials until the end of May. The deadline for arranging yours is next week on Wednesday, April 6th. You can also check out our How to Manage Digital Workflowspresentation.

  5. Camayak scheduled downtime this Sunday morning

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    This Sunday, December 13th, we’re going to be performing system maintenance, which we expect to take two hours. You won’t be able to access Camayak during these periods so please make sure you’ve saved your work before we get started.

    Camayak may be accessible more quickly than we anticipate, so keep an eye on our Twitter account for updates on when you can resume your work.

    Depending on your location, here’s when Camayak will be unavailable:

    Sunday 13th, December 2015:

    • Central EU: Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • UK: Sunday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Eastern US: Sunday, 5 a.m. – 7 a.m.
    • Central US: Sunday, 4 a.m. – 6 a.m.
    • Mountain US: Sunday, 3 a.m. – 5 a.m.
    • Pacific US: Sunday, 2 a.m. – 4 a.m.
    • Hawai’i: Saturday 12th 11 p.m. – 1 a.m., Sunday 13th

    We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes and look forward to updating our Twitter account when we’re finished with our work.

  6. How compulsive is your online newsroom?

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    Camayak as social media

    We’ve always looked to the physical newsroom as the #1 source of wisdom for creating a culture that produces great content. Offline interaction can be quicker and more subtle, especially in editorial. That’s why Camayak newsrooms can now see who’s working on what, in real-time.

    This is Camayak’s latest move towards allowing teams to expand and thrive beyond their physical space. Want to know who’s working on what right now? Now everyone can see for themselves and help each other move assignments forward.

    If you’re taking on a new initiative and would like our help evaluating your tools and processes, get in touch and we’ll set up a call.

  7. Camayak scheduled downtime on Monday and Wednesday this week

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    Tomorrow and Wednesday October 21st, we’re going to be performing system updates. You won’t be able to access Camayak during these periods so please make sure you’ve saved your work before we get started.

    Camayak may be accessible more quickly than we anticipate, so keep an eye on our Twitter account for updates on when you can resume your work.

    Depending on your location, here’s when Camayak will be unavailable:

    Monday October 19th 2015:

    • Central EU: Monday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • UK: Monday, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Eastern US: Monday, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
    • Central US: Monday, 6 a.m. – 8 a.m.
    • Mountain US: Monday, 5 a.m. – 7 a.m.
    • Pacific US: Monday, 4 a.m. – 6 a.m.
    • Hawai’i: Monday, 1 a.m. – 3 a.m.

    Wednesday October 21st 2015:

    • Central EU: Wednesday, 8:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • UK: Wednesday, 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    • Eastern US: Wednesday, 2:45 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.
    • Central US: Wednesday, 1:45 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.
    • Mountain US: Wednesday, 12:45 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
    • Pacific US: Tuesday, 11:45 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
    • Hawai’i: Tuesday, 8:45 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

    We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes and look forward to updating our Twitter account when we’re finished with our updates.

  8. Camayak partners with Chartbeat, offers campus newsrooms nationwide engagement analytics

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    NEW YORK, NY — Today, Camayak is launching a unique partnership with Chartbeat to give campus newsrooms across the country access to better digital analytics.

    Twelve college newsrooms including the University of Oregon’s Emerald Media Group, Texas Christian University’s TCU360, and California State University, Northridge’s Daily Sundial will begin to use Chartbeat tools to measure the real-time engagement of their online content.

    As newsrooms across the world embrace the power of smart technology, employing the right metrics and right tools is crucial. For publications looking to produce and distribute the highest quality content, clicks and impressions are unreliable and ineffective metrics. Instead, to write better content, grow loyal audiences, and secure financial sustainability over time, the world’s most influential publishers have turned to time-based metrics.

    Now, student journalists and editors from these twelve newsrooms will know what content is capturing and keeping their readership’s attention every moment of the day. In addition to their own data, each of these newsrooms will have access to the real-time data of all twelve sites, so that each can see the performance of its peer institutions.

    Being able to adapt to real-time data will further support teams that are moving from a weekly assignment to a 24-hour news cycle model. As campus newsrooms look to scale their content production to keep up with their online audiences, college newsrooms expect to seize more opportunities to satisfy their students and alumni. “We know that Chartbeat will provide the kind of stats that a newsroom and a sales staff can put to great use”, says Stephen Wolgast, Director of Collegian Media at Kansas State University.

    If you’re interested in joining the consortium. of college newsrooms sharing their analytics, get in touch with us to schedule your free 30-minute Camayak demo. Not a college newsroom? Check out our professional pricing and let us know if you’d like to try Camayak.

    Camayak. Camayak tracks and publishes every assignment in your newsroom’s workflow. We work with senior editors and managers to define their editorial processes so publishers can grow their contributor numbers without compromising on the quality of their approved assignments. Camayak puts newsrooms in control of their content production.

    Contact: Roman Heindorff // roman@camayak.com

    Chartbeat. Chartbeat measures and monetizes attention on the web. It is most well known for the real-time analytics tools that help 80% of the top publishers in the US and 50,000 media sites in over 60 countries develop a defined loyal audience and monetize that audience’s engagement. Chartbeat works with editorial teams to align them around the right audience development goals and with ad sales teams to give them the data they need to adapt when it matters. Chartbeat proves the monetizable value of quality content over clickbait.

    Contact: Lauryn Bennett // lauryn@chartbeat.com

  9. Now you can manage multiple newsrooms from your existing Camayak account

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    If you’re managing an editorial agency that works with multiple clients who want their own newsrooms, or freelancing for a variety of publications that use Camayak, we’ve just made it easier to stay on top of all your priorities.

    Camayak users can now switch effortlessly between the newsrooms they belong to, prompted by the number of unread notifications that they have in each ‘room’. You can belong to as many newsrooms as you like and each one retains its privacy from the others, allowing you to build up teams with limited access to each vertical, group, or publication that you’re managing.

    For agencies looking to pilot Camayak, you can arrange an introduction webinar by emailing hello@camayak.com. If you’re already using Camayak and want to manage a newsroom account for a different group or publication, get in touch and we’ll walk you through it.

  10. Upload Spreadsheets, Documents & Powerpoints to Camayak

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    We work with plenty of journalists who use primary source material alongside their assignments. Now they can store theses files with their work directly in Camayak, so their colleagues can access them, too. Simply use the media tab and upload the file of your choice to store along with everything else you need to share.

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