Customer Testimonial

Brussel Deze Week
Brussel Deze Week
Company:Brussel Deze Week
Publications / Projects:Brussel Deze Week
Category:Magazines, Newspapers
Number of Users:15
Installation:2004
Dirk Volckaerts, Editor-in-chief at Brussel Deze Week

“We are very enthusiastic about the way the vjoon¬†K4 helped streamline our editorial workflow. After only three weeks with the system, overall productivity has increased by 25%. With the same number of staff, we included more articles in the newspaper and significantly reduced production time for our magazine.”

Dirk Volckaerts, Editor-in-chief at Brussel Deze Week

Since 1970, Brussel Deze Week and its predecessors have published free quality publications for the Dutch-speaking minority living in Brussels. While the weekly broadsheet newspaper Brussel Deze Week appears only in Dutch, the weekly magazine Agenda with a social calendar for Brussels is trilingual and includes text in Dutch, French and English.

Before moving to vjoon K4, jounalists and copy editors worked in Microsoft Word to prepare articles. They would receive a first view of the layout only after the page was fully designed in QuarkXPress. This left the copy editors without copyfit information in the first stages of the workflow. Page design was entirely text-driven, as there was no time for much back and forth between editors and designers after the page was put together. Since files where handled on a file server, sometimes several copies of the same article where making the rounds, endangering workflow integrity.

"We are very enthusiastic about the way the K4 helped streamline our editorial workflow. After only three weeks with the system, overall productivity has increased by 25%. With the same number of staff, we included more articles in the newspaper and significantly reduced production time for our magazine", says Dirk Volckaerts, editor-in-chief.

Brussel Deze Week managed to solve their bottleneck problems in the later stages of the previous workflow by introducing a parallel workflow between editorial and design with real-time copyfit information for editors from the first day. With the K4 query palettes, all users now have their personal task list right at their fingertips and know exactly what they need to do and what other people are doing. In addition, a seamless integration with the archive and Web applications at Brussel Deze Week were easily established through the XML capabilities of K4.

Dirk Volckaerts: "Thanks to the real-time controls in vjoon K4, workflow problems can be detected very early and solved much more easily than before. In fact, since the introduction of K4, I feel at ease when I have to be out of office on production day, because we encounter almost no last-minute issues."