This guide is a work in progress! Please contact us if you have any questions, suggestions or errors to report. As we get the new program rolling there will undoubtedly be changes to workflows and procedures. We'll communicate those out to the group and update the information below.
Who can post news?
What makes a good news story?
Newsworthy stories have one or more of these elements:
Constructing your news story
Answer the 4 W’s & H (Who, What, When, Where & How?)
Follow an inverted pyramid principle
What is a spotlight?
A spotlight can and should be used when you either don't have time or enough content to warrant a larger story. Spotlights are great ways to promote collections, services, interesting tips and facts, etc. in just one line. That line links out to more information. And no need to worry about an image!
The different types of spotlights are:
How to post a spotlight:
Due to space and wrapping reasons we may need to edit your line of text a bit. As we go along we'll be able to get a better sense of character and word limits.
Our news site is image intensive. It is important to have a quality image for every post.
Where to find images:
Before you upload your image(s):
Huge images aren't good for the site. Use a basic image editing program ("Paint" on PCs, "Preview" on Macs) to resize (and rename) your image if it is large.
Click the button for "Add Media" & upload a new image, or select an existing image from the Media Library. Your image should already have a meaningful filename & and be a good file size - if not, stop, see above and start again.
See below for the eleven easy steps for a quality upload!
If you have more than one image to add, do this for each image. Once images are in place you can make sure they are aligning properly and text is wrapping/flowing ok.
Any problems or questions - let us know!