News publishing is about ideas, and this
is your tool for planning the newspaper's editorial content and
distributing tasks. Ideas are posted, shared, selected, prioritized
and scheduled. Tasks are defined and stories assigned to
journalists, photographers, artists, etc. Not only can staff be
allocated, but every other newsroom asset, from services to
The NewsPlanner window consists of four different parts:
Calendar, Resources, Proposals, and Assignments.
All resources: journalists, photographers, equipment, cars,
conference rooms, etc are stored in the database, with information
for each day and current status. Individual user’s status is entered
for each day, for example, ‘day-off’, ‘business trip’, ‘sick’,
‘evening shift‘, etc. The resource list is shown on the right-hand
side of the screen, and shows names, status and assignments for the
actual day. The list is sorted by status, so staff currently working
is at the top of the list. Every resource includes a text where
telephone numbers, addresses etc. can be added.
Assignment proposals can be entered into the database, together
with the basic who, what, when, where and why, such as:
Department , Date and time of event, Production date, Deadline,
Amount of characters, Format, Page allocation, Priority.
The proposals are added to a list, and sorted
according to optional criteria. This bulletin board is displayed in
the lower part of the middle section. You can easily drop your pre-formatted articles on
the pages using our graphical PagePlanner.
A day's planning
All users can enter proposals in NewsPlanner, which are then
added to a list of other proposals. From that list, a planner (chief
editor) chooses proposals and drops them onto a date in a calendar.
These become assignments. A planner uses the Resource List to
allocate assignments, which are immediately updated with specific
details, such as who is responsible, how that person will be kept
informed, etc. Assignments can be dropped back into the Proposal
List, or dragged and dropped into another day. If the newspaper is
running Scoop WebEdit, the planner drops the assignment directly
into a basket in Scoop WebEdit. An article is then automatically
created in that users basket in Scoop WebEdit along with information
from NewsPlanner. The assignment in NewsPlanner is then marked as
’Sent’ and the article in Scoop Edit is marked as coming from
Staff resources can be
sorted into workgroups. Each group can define their working schedule
and all groups resources have the same schedule. Individual changes
to the schedule can be accommodated. By clicking a day in the
calendar, that day’s status for every resource is displayed in the
Resource List. The working schedules can be printed out for one
person or for a group.