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  1. Camayak scheduled downtime on November 4

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    On November 4th, we’re going to be performing system maintenance, which we expect to take one hour. 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:

    November 4th 2017:

    • Central EU: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m
    • UK: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m
    • Eastern US: 4 a.m. – 5 a.m
    • Central US: 3 a.m. – 4 a.m
    • Mountain US: 2 a.m. – 3 a.m
    • Pacific US: 1 a.m. – 2 a.m
    • Hawai’i: Friday 3rd 10 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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

  2. College media doubles down on training its new writers

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    Until last week, the average among college organizations for setting assignment instructions was 53% of all new work, which meant roughly one in every two assignments was being set without any instructions whatsoever. We kept hearing from editors and newsroom managers across the country who felt that Camayak could help improve that.

    “When you show up at a campus newsroom for the first time it can be a a confusing experience” one editor told us. “You got good grades in English at school and maybe even worked on your high school newspaper, but your style needs to change now that you’re talking to a college audience and you may need some more guidance around how to write a compelling headline”. But where do new writers get that from? Their assigning editor is often new to the job themselves and has only been giving out assignments for a week. Perhaps she hasn’t even had time to sit down with you to discuss what her expectations are, yet.

    Camayak now offers busy newsrooms a way to standardize their basic expectations of both staff contributors and freelancers pitching speculative ideas to their editors. By creating templates for specific types of assignments and desirable pitches, newsrooms stand to share more of their institutional acumen with more of their staff, more consistently.

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    Some college newsrooms are already more consistent than others at setting specific instructions for their contributors to follow. ECC Union, El Camino College’s student media organization, sets clear instructions for four out of every five of its assignments while Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada, chooses not to set assignment instructions for a small portion (10%) of its work. Among professional newsrooms that use Camayak, the innovation insights agency PSFK.com and travel broker Skyscanner set instructions for an average of 98% and 100% of their assignments respectively.

  3. Temporary downtime this weekend

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    Tonight we’re going to be performing system maintenance, which we expect to take one hour. 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:

    August 5/6th 2017:

    • Central EU: 3 a.m. – 4 a.m., Tomorrow
    • UK: 2 a.m. – 3 a.m., Tomorrow
    • Eastern US: 9 p.m. – 10 p.m., Today
    • Central US: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., Today
    • Mountain US: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Today
    • Pacific US: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Today
    • Hawai’i: 2 p.m. – 12 a.m., Today

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

  4. Camayak scheduled downtime on July 4th

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    On July 4th, we’re going to be performing system maintenance, which we expect to take one hour. 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:

    July 4th 2017:

    • Central EU: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m
    • UK: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m
    • Eastern US: 5 a.m. – 6 a.m
    • Central US: 4 a.m. – 5 a.m
    • Mountain US: 3 a.m. – 4 a.m
    • Pacific US: 2 a.m. – 3 a.m
    • Hawai’i: July 3rd 11 p.m. – 12 a.m., July 4th

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

  5. Camayak scheduled downtime on June 25

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    On June 25th, 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:

    June 25th 2017:

    • Central EU: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m
    • UK: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m
    • Eastern US: 5 a.m. – 7 a.m
    • Central US: 4 a.m. – 6 a.m
    • Mountain US: 3 a.m. – 5 a.m
    • Pacific US: 2 a.m. – 4 a.m
    • Hawai’i: Saturday 24th 11 p.m. – 1 a.m., Sunday 25th

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.