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Open source headless CMS for media organisations

Superdesk is an open-source, web-based, headless CMS for news organisations and publishers. It offers powerful workflow features for end-to-end news creation, production, curation and distribution. Our flagship news management system integrates easily with legacy systems as well as third-party applications.

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Common Questions

  • What is Superdesk?

    Superdesk is a newsroom management system. It is an end-to-end news creation, production, curation, and distribution platform. Built by journalists, for journalists, it has a modular software design that enables news organisations to pick and choose the functionality relevant to their business. Superdesk is open source, free, platform/device neutral, low-cost and easy to update.

  • Is Superdesk a content management system?

    Yes - and more. Superdesk is a superb tool for creating and managing content, but it’s so much more. Most CMSs are built for a single medium (print, online, broadcast) meaning that they usually don’t work well when it comes to multiple outputs (web+print, web+mobile, print+tablet, print+e-reader). They are also not great at integrating inputs from different channels (wire services, RSS, social media). Worse, though, is that because so few are open source, they’re much harder to change once they’re in place. Superdesk is flexible, not monolithic. It can serve as a bridge between systems that can’t talk to each other. Its focus is on enabling journalists to do their jobs the way they want to.

  • Whom is Superdesk for?

    While Superdesk was designed with the specific needs of newsrooms in mind, it is not only for large-scale media organisations. If you maintain an informational site, update it continuously and want to author articles and curate your text archive along with your multimedia assets, you should take a look at Superdesk. While designed to handle the content needs of the very largest news services, Superdesk is also at home with niche, boutique, ad hoc and even hobby publishers.

  • Can Superdesk publish content to social networks? (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc)

    Superdesk Publisher can publish directly to Facebook Instant Articles.

  • Can I publish with Superdesk?

    If you are publishing your content via API or in any of the news wire formats (NewsML-G2, ninjs) or via email, the answer is yes. This method of publishing is through other applications reading our API. We are in the process of creating a separate publishing component that will make publishing more intuitive and easier for any platform. If you are interested in contributing to the development of the publishing component and helping to shape the features and functionality, we are actively searching for contributors and partners.

  • Is there anything else out there like Superdesk?

    We built Superdesk because we saw nothing, open source or commercial, that could tackle every bit of today’s workflows and then be expanded (thanks to a modular design concept) to handle tomorrow’s workflows as well. We saw nothing, either, that would allow a news outfit to integrate existing systems that are still doing an acceptable job with needed new components. Superdesk will play nicely with parts of your existing kit (think DAMs and DBs, for instance) until it makes business sense for you switch entirely. Superdesk allows you to proceed at your own pace and on your own terms.

  • Can I work with content from different sources in Superdesk?

    Yes! Superdesk features a flexible Ingest component. The Ingest allows you to configure multiple content sources using a combination of delivery mechanisms and data formats. For example, news files in NewsML 1 format delivered to a FTP server, news files in RSS format delivered via a Web URL. Superdesk supports the most common delivery mechanisms and several different data formats, including NewsML 1, NewsML-G2, ninjs, NITF and RSS among others. Also, the Ingest component is designed to be easily extended to support both new delivery mechanisms and data formats as they emerge.

  • How many authors can Superdesk manage?

    As many or as few as you like! Superdesk is designed to meet the needs of both small and large-scale operations.

  • Is it possible to publish to WordPress and other systems like, for example, Adobe InDesign?

    We do have a plugin for WordPress. If you are interested in publishing to print, please get in touch.

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