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Staff users can post News items to The Feed on user's Home pages. News items are sensitive to user roles. For instance, if a Faculty member logged in, items marked out for Faculty would display on the Home page; if a Student logged in, those Faculty items wouldn’t display—only items marked as viewable by Students. Once in The Feed, users can publicly comment on the article.

On your Home page, click Manage News. All current and historical news items (that haven't been deleted) list in a table ordered by Publish Time. 

Adding a News Item

Click Add Article.

Type or copy/paste the title and content. Use the formatting bar to insert images, embed links, format text, and more. Embed videos hosted on YouTube or Vimeo by copying and pasting the video's URL (NOT the embed code!) right in the body of the text.

Publication Settings

Under Publication Settings, select whether to...

  • Publish immediately (Yes)
  • Save the article for later (No)
  • Queue it for later publishing (At Time). If you choose to queue it, enter the date and/or time you wish it to enter The Feed.

Do you want to Pin the article?

  • If you select No, the article will "slide" down the Feed as newer articles and activities are posted to user's Feeds. 
  • If you select Yes, the article will stay at the top of The Feed until you manually change this setting. 
  • If you select Until Date, the article will remain pinned to the top of the Feed until the date and/or time you enter here.

Visibility

Under Visibility, select the Roles you wish this article be visible to and click Add. If you don't make any selections, the article will be visible to every user.

Finally, click Save News to post or queue the article.

Editing and Deleting

Edit an article by clicking a News title. Make your changes and click Save to commit them.

Delete an article by clicking trersh.png next to the article you wish to remove. Doing so permanently removes the Article from everyone's Feed!

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    Dawn Dirksen

    Could there be an option to add ALL roles to a news item so you wouldn't have to click and add each different role individually if you want everyone in the system to see the news?

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    Dawn Dirksen

    Ok, I discovered that by default, if you do not specify any roles, the news item shows up for everyone. Great! Would be good to at that to the help information.

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    Brendan O'Donnell

    Nice catch, Dawn. I updated the article accordingly.

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    Jason Haché

    When I put an end date of Friday, July 11th when does that actual article come down?

    Midnight on July 10th? Midnight on July 11th?

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    Brendan O'Donnell

    The article will come down after 11:59:59 PM on July 11th. The proper way to word something like that is tricky... literally, "end date" is more like "post it through this date" or something to that effect. In internet interface usage, "end" usually means that...

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    Jason Haché

    Good to know - thanks!

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    Patty Tsai

    So if I no longer want an article to be seen, I have to delete it... correct? It looks like when it "ends" it no longer has a pin, but still shows up in the dashboard.

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    Brendan O'Donnell

    Patty,

    The idea behind the new Feed is that older, unpinned News items will "slide" down the Feed as newer news items and bulletins from users you're following are added to the Feed. As the Bulletin Board gets used more and more, you'll see the Feed working more as we intended it.

    So, you don't need to Delete older news items, though right now you may feel that they're cluttering up the Home page. If you want to remove them from most of your users' Feeds, you could limit their visibility to "Academic Admin".

    thanks!

    -brendan

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    Patty Tsai

    Sounds good. Just trying to get a feel for the updates. =)

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    Joshua Penman

    Is there any way to either: 

    a) mark a news post so that students can't make comments on it or

    b) delete comments once they've been made?

     

    Thanks!

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    Brendan O'Donnell

    Joshua,

    Individual users can delete their own comments (but we archive it for you in case you need to deal with someone...). There's no way to take care of "a", however.

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    Justin Bleeker

    Brendan,

    Is there a way to control the order which pinned items show up in the news feed?  Currently, some of the older pinned items show up on the top of the feed and the newer news is further down the list.  It's backwards of what students are used to on Facebook.

    Thanks!

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    Brad Cowie

    Can faculty add items to the news feed (if so, how)?

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    Brendan O'Donnell

    Brad,

    You need to have the Staff role to add anything to the News feed...

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    David Stauffer

    Is there a way to post a link within a news item to a file in the 'files section'?  I could link to the file if it was hosted on our website (just paste the URL in) but I don't see a way to connect it with files that are uploaded on Populi.  It would be nice to be able to link directly, instead of writing "check for such and such file in the Files section".

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    Brendan O'Donnell

    David,

    We don't have that kind of functionality right now, but that jives with some things we've talked about doing. For now, stick with the "look for this in Files > Shared"...

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    David Stauffer

    Ok, thanks Brendan.

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