News Content

Description

The news content type is used to publish time sensitive content such as stories about events, initiatives or people/groups. 

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Use Case

News Listing Block - Headlines
Figure 1. News Listing Block - Headlines Display

News content should be noteworthy, should relate to something recent (not “old” news) and ideally it should quote individuals who are relevant to the story. It should also include a relevant image with sufficient alt-text (see: Accessible Images and Multimedia) for which your department, UTM, or U of T holds full rights.

Display

In addition to the news page that the news content type generates, news content items are also automatically listed in pre-defined news listing display.

There are three displays that lists news items:

  1. News Listing Page
    As mentioned on the Available Content Types page, there is a pre-defined path for all news articles. You can access this by going to /<your-subsite>/news where <your-subsite> is replaced with the url for your Drupal subsite. For example, http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/iits/news
  2. News Listing Blocks
    In addition to this page there are two block options available for your subsite. It is generally reccommended that news listing blocks are displayed on the homepage. Blocks are available upon request. Send request via the ticket system (https://uoft.service-now.com/utm_iits).
    1. Headlines Display
      This block lists the 4 most recent articles. It only displays the Title and Date and links to the article. This block appears in the right sidebar region. See Figure 1.
    2. Grid Display
      This block displays 2 or 4 most recent articles. This setting can be configured accordingly upon reqquest. It displays the image, title, and date and links to the article. This block appears in the content region. See Figure 2.
News Listing Block - Grid
Figure 2. News Listing Block - Grid Display

 

Specifications

  • Image (Image Field)
    • Images uploaded in this field is what is featured at the top of the article page. It is also what appears in grid listing views
    • It is recommend that images be at least 1110px wide
    • Larger images will scale appropriately or used in high resolution scenarios
    • If using the Grid News Listing Block, a gray placeholder will be displayed if there is no image set for the article
    • In the article page, images will attempt to cover the banner space while retaining aspect ratio. A filler background based on the image will fill in the remaining space in the event that the image is too small to span the entir width of the banner space
    • Images should have an alt-text
    • Your department, UTM, or U of T should hold full rights to the image being used
  • Body
  • Metadata
    • Date
      • The date specified in date field appears in listing views as well as the article page
    • Author
      • Author of the article
    • Author's email
      • E-mail address of the article's author

 

Usage

Create news content

  1. Navigate to Add Content > Add News
  2. Provide a Title
  3. Specify a Date & Time
    • This appears in the meta data
  4. [Optional] Provide an Author's Name
  5. [Optional] Author's Email
  6. Provide an Image
    • Click Choose File
    • Select the image you wish to use and confirm. Note: It is recommend that images be at least 1110px. Please see specifications above for more information
    • Click Upload
    • Provide an alternate text
    • [Optional] Provide Image Caption
    • [Optional] Provide Photo Credit
  7. [Optional] Provide Subheader/Teaser Text
  8. Add your content in the Body
  9. Click Save

Your news page will now be published and will appear in any news listing display.

 

Remove news content

  1. Navigate to Find Content > Find News
  2. In this page, all of your pages will be listed. Find and click on the item you would like to edit.
  3. In the content page, click Edit
  4. To remove an item from display considerations, you can do so with one of two ways:
    • Unpublish (Recommended)
      • At the bottom of the page under Publishing Options, uncheck the "Publish" option
      • Save
      • Note: You can re-publish the item by checking the "Publish" option again and saving
    • Delete
      • Note: This action is permanent and there would be no way to recover data once it is deleted. This should be done only for pages that for sure you wouldn't need in the future.
      • Click the delete button at the bottom of the page and confirm

 

Best Practices

  • News writing uses the “inverted pyramid” form of storytelling, which clusters the most important information at the beginning of the story (the “who/what/where/when/why”), followed by details of diminishing importance. Further information can be found at:

  • Keep news stories short, particularly on the web. Limit the word count to no more than 400-500 words. Titles and captions should also be short.
  • Use active verbs, and avoid long or convoluted sentences. Clarity is best.

  • Include links wherever relevant.

  • Put the names of U of T Mississauga faculty, staff or students mentioned in the copy in bold text.

  • If you are republishing the story from another source, ensure that you have permission to do so, and include the name of the author and a link to the original source.

 


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