Overview of Assignment Desk

Assignment Desk promotes collaboration on an effort that requires the creation of multiple items by several team members for publication with varying deadlines. For example, a pitch about a celebrity’s wedding may involve one assignment covering the bride, another covering the groom, and a third covering the wedding planner. Using Assignment Desk, you can coordinate and track everyone’s efforts to produce a successful series of items covering the wedding.

How Assignment Desk organizes content

The following diagram illustrates how Assignment Desk organizes a pitch.

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Assignment desk process

In the above diagram—

  • The pitch provides the theme for the entire effort. Examples of pitches include social events, product launches, and multi-faceted documentaries.
  • Pitches have one or more assignments—collections of items each one pertaining to one aspect of the pitch. An assignment includes participating team members: the assignee who produces the content, the editor who oversees the content, and other team members who want to receive notifications regarding the assignment’s progress.
  • Assignees generate one or more items pertaining to each assignment.

Assignment Desk features available in Brightspot

When you install Assignment Desk in Brightspot, the following features become available:

Assignment statuses

Editors and assignees apply different status codes to assignments:

  • New Assignment is created with no assignee.
  • Assigned Assignment has assignee.
  • Fulfilled All required content has been created and assignee meets terms of the assignment, subject to final editorial approval and publishing.
  • Closed Assignment content is published.

Assignment Desk’s dashboard provides several views into the progress of pitches, assignments, and content. For details, see Assignment Desk dashboard.

Assignment Desk’s notifications

Assignment Desk adds a subscription that notifies team members of updates to pitches and assignments. Team members who subscribe to Assignment Desk and participate in a pitch or assignment receive notifications. For details, see Assignment Desk notifications.