Easing headline and deadline pressure

Duke University's autonomous student newspaper, The Chronicle, has replaced an inflexible workflow system with new software that offers real-time collaboration.

The editorial staff worked with Database Publishing Consultants Inc. (DPCI) to replace the outdated system with a new workflow solution that includes K4 software from SoftCare.

"Our previous system offered minimal flexibility and was cumbersome to use, oftentimes impacting our ability to hit publishing deadlines," says Jonathan Angier, general manager of The Chronicle "Through the implementation of K4, DPCI enabled us to modernize our workflow operations, tightly integrate editorial and production activities and, most importantly, put out quality journalism for our readers."

DPCI President Joseph Bachana explains, "Our team helped refine their workflow processes and reinforce improvements with technology so that they can put the paper to bed earlier each night. The new system not only gives the students a more stable platform with richer workflow functionality, but also affords them an opportunity to familiarize themselves with an industry-standard publishing environment."

According to a press release from DPCI, the new solution enables The Chronicle's staff of more than 100 reporters, editors, photographers, designers and production personnel to collaborate in real time and to more efficiently integrate editorial content into the newspaper's Web site.

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