Julia Lavarnway, managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, talks about how TruEdit is changing their processes for the better.
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. To that end, part of what CFI does to achieve this objective is publish two magazines, Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry. In addition to these flagship publications, CFI also publishes two newsletters, brochures, flyers, and development reports, among many other miscellaneous projects. When I first came to CFI twelve years ago as an intern in the editorial department, we didn’t have any content and workflow management software in place. With many and various types of publications we needed to keep track of between the editorial, art, and web departments, you can imagine how difficult it was to do so without that type of important tool. Specifically, publishing articles on the web, that had already appeared in the magazines, was not at all streamlined.
Sometime in 2012, the editorial, art, and web departments collectively decided that we needed to streamline the entire production process. Our web guy at that time looked into different providers, and we landed on our first content and workflow management system. This opened up a great opportunity for us, in that we could now coordinate content between the various departments with ease. Unfortunately, the major drawback of that system was that its web-based component was not nearly as user friendly and dependable as the server-based component we were using in-house. Because I often work remotely from home, this meant that I had to contend with an interface that was not the same as what I used when I was in the office, but it also didn’t have the same core functionality.
Fast forward to 2017 – enter TruEdit. Because TruEdit is cloud-based, every user has the exact same experience wherever they use the system. Either in the office or at home—as long as you have an internet connection, you not only have access to the workflow software but that access is exactly the same, and you don’t have to rely on a browser-based system that doesn’t have the same functionality as the full desktop application. There can be a slight lag as TruEdit communicates with the cloud after every command; however it is completely worth it for the ability to work in the full desktop application absolutely anywhere.
TruEdit has made managing content between departments so much easier. It is hard to remember how we were able to publish everything without a system like TruEdit in place. I am very satisfied with the system, and impressed with what it has allowed us to gain in both efficiency and production.