Even the most seasoned newsroom vet can have trouble handling an army of remote freelancers without the right software. Kapost, a new digital newsroom service, is seeking to change all that.
Kapost is project management software that integrates easily with the Content Management Systems that you already use; just install it within WordPress, Drupal, etc., and you can begin using it without any CMS overhauling.
Kapost allows you to manage content from a large pool of sources, effectively streamlining the editorial process and allowing “writers and editors [to] focus on content, not administrative tasks.” Everything from the germ of an idea (the “concept”) to the actual payment of the writer can be managed through Kapost. According to the site, “Kapost puts the processes of the newsroom–tips/questions, assignments, editorial calendars, revisioning, rights management, performance tracking, and payment–into an online workflow.” A comprehensive analytics platform allows editors to see pageviews, Facebook Likes and ReTweets per contributor, among other helpful stats.
Kapost is still in its infancy, but it’s already gaining traction: current clients include Fortune, Breaking Media and Consumer Reports. Pricing varies depending on the size of your organization; for three or fewer users it’s free, but for unlimited users you’ll have to get a price quote. The site offers a free demo that allows you to check out the “Movieline Newsroom” and play around with some of the features.
With more and more contributors working remotely for online newsrooms, software like Kapost is going to become integral to the digital publishing process. The less time editors have to spend perfecting their workflow, the more time they can devote to producing top-notch content. And that’s what it’s really about, anyway.