Manual - Creating new articles

New articles can be created on Desks, or in your custom workspace. Articles created on a Desk will be visible to all the Desk users.  

This is the Create icon.

On your Dashboard, this create icon allows you to add widgets. On all other tabs in the main Workspace, the Create icon allows you to create new text articles, new packages or upload audio, pictures, and video from your computer into Superdesk. On the Dashboard tab, the Create icon only allows you to add widgets.

To start writing a new article, click the Create icon (from any tab other than the Dashboard) then choose a content profile.


In the CREATE NEW ITEM section example above, there are two different content profiles to choose from: Plain text and Empty Package. From this Create menu, you also have the option of uploading media from your computer into Superdesk.

In the example above, we have chosen to create a new "plain text" item. Depending on the configuration of the content profile, you will see different fields in the item creation pane. In the example above, there are text boxes for Slugline, Genre, Place, Headline and the Body. This is where you create your article. 


Editing Info toolbar

Displayed above is the Editing Info toolbar. The 'Send to' button is in purple at the top. When you have completed your article, use the 'Send to' button to move it to a different Stage, or publish it directly depending on your permissions.

Below the 'Send to' button you’ll find the Editing Info toolbar. The first button below the Send to button is the Info button. The Info button (highlighted in blue above) allows you to add additional metadata to your article. Options include marking for legal, publishing permission, and keywords. The last option in the window is where you can change the default UNIQUE NAME for the article to make it easier to search. Otherwise, the article is automatically assigned a unique number ID in this field.

The 'Not for Publication' toggle does not actually stop a user from publishing the article but rather marks it with a tag denoting its status.


Find and Replace

The Find and Replace feature allows you to locate and update specific words and phrases within the article. It can be a great time-saving feature for editors and journalists.

Type the word you wish to adjust in the FIND text box, then type your new word in the REPLACE WITH textbox. The REPLACE ALL button will replace every instance of the word with what you put in the REPLACE WITH textbox. You can also replace them one at a time with the REPLACE button, instead of REPLACE ALL.



If you are writing and editing your article over multiple sessions, every time you save your article, Superdesk will retain a copy.

You can access previous versions in your versioning tab. Clicking REVERT lets you continue writing from a previous version, while still preserving all the other versions as well.


Packages Info

When you select an article to edit, the packages tab will tell you if the article you selected belongs to a package and what the name of that package is.


To read about more about item creation, please refer to the full Superdesk manual. 

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