The Orion

The Orion’s guide to Camayak


Camayak is The Orion’s content management system (CMS). A CMS is a web application designed to add, edit and manage content on a website such as It allows writers and photographers to upload their stories and photos to be edited and approved by section editors and copy editors.

Most newspapers and blogs require some sort of experience with a CMS when applying for jobs so its good thing to learn how to properly use a CMS and gain experience with one.

To access The Orion’s Camayak account visit after you’ve received an invitation from an Orion editor.


Once one of your pitches has been approved by your editor, they will create an assignment for you to write your article in.

A blank Camayak assignment


Content Box


Slug:  A short name given to an article during publication that includes keywords on what the article is about.  It does not appear anywhere online once the article is published.

Title: The title is essentially the headline of a story and is meant to attract readers to click on your story. Since we are writing for the web, the headlines we write in Camayak may be different then ones we use in the print edition of The Orion.

Some general guidelines on web headlines:

  • Attract readers’ attention but avoid clickbait
  • Be direct and informative. A great headline will tell you exactly what the story is about.
  • About six to eight words. Include key phrases, people.
  • Try not to repeat your lede. If your headline and lede are too similar, your lede will become redundant.
  • Contain a subject, verb and often an object
  • Capitalize the first word of the headline and proper nouns

Looking to beef up your headline writing skills? Check out “How to write effective web headlines,” “How web and print headlines differ,” “10 questions to help you write better headlines” or take Mark Plenke’s copy editing class!

Byline: Your name should automatically be here.

Teaser: This is the “deck” in newspaper talk. A deck is used to summarize the contents of your article. When writing your deck try not to repeat your headline, instead give additional details about your story that you didn’t mention in the headline.

Body: This is where you write your article. Please write all articles within Camayak and not on a separate word processor like Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Copying and pasting from other word processors may cause formatting issues when the article is published online.

At the end of all your articles write contact information. The Orion’s contact information includes your name, your section editor’s email and your personal Twitter account. Example:

Ernesto Rivera can be reached at [email protected] or @ernestorivera on Twitter. 



First submission deadline: When your article is due.

Publish to: When your article will appear live on

Categories: What section your article belongs to. Some sections have sub-sections. If you’re writing a review for example, select “Arts” as the main section and select “Reviews” as the sub-section.

Tags: Tags help with search engine optimization and the search feature on Use key words from your story and try to be as specific as possible.

Spike assignment: Deletes your assignment.

Other things in the sidebar include: a chat function, uploading and adding photos and an assignment’s revision history.

 Status Bar


A blue status bar will show you when your story is due.


A red status bar means you’ve missed your deadline and you must speak with your editor immediately to adjust your deadline.

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