This tutorial is pretty straight forward, but its purpose is to walk you through using the assignment desk interface so the assignments will automatically mark themselves as complete when the articles are posted. Using the assignment desk to complete articles that are assigned to you prevents someone from having to manually complete each assignment after it's been published. It's not difficult to do it manually, but it's one of those things that takes up time when it shouldn't have to.
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Step 1 - Find the assignment desk
The first step is pretty simple. When you're given an assignment on CSR, you will receive an email notification to let you know that you have a pending assignment. When you receive the email, go to CSR's home page and mouse over the quick admin cog to open the quick admin menu. The next-to-last selection is the contributor dashboard. You will need to select that option.
Step 2 - Learn the details of your assignment
Once you've clicked the link, you will be taken to the assignment desk. You will see the assignment you have been given to write, and on the right there will be a series of icons that tell you various things about your assignment. If you want to check out the information before you start writing the article, you can mouse over the icons and you will see a tool tip window appear for each one.
Step 3 - Open the story editor to begin writing your assignment
Once you're ready to write the article, click on the link that says "write assignment". This will open the story editor.
Step 4 - Write the assigned article
When you open the editor, you will notice that the permalink, title and scheduled time are already filled out for you. All you have to add is the summary, the text of the article, a promo headline and a promo snippet. (Note: Unless you're correcting an obvious typo, please do not edit the permalink or title. Also, please do not change the scheduled time unless you're asked to do so.)
Step 5 - Submit your article for approval (or schedule it to be published)
After you've written your article, be sure to check the "Promote Beyond Community" and Twitter boxes and then click the appropriate button to either schedule your article or submit it for review. (Note: For most of you, your option will be submit for approval, but if you're an Editor you can approve and schedule the article yourself.)
Well, there you have it. That's how you use the assignment desk. If you have any questions, feel free to ask the Editorial Staff. We'll be glad to help you work through any issues you may have with using the assignment desk (or anything else for that matter).