News Management Quick Start Guide

Overview

News management allows you to create articles, set reviewing and publishing workflows, pull multiple content sources into your portals, and create a single information hub using your Veracross portals. Are you looking to implement news management in your portals? This quick start guide will get you up and running in no time. 

News management gives you the ability to:

  • Create and publish news articles in your portals.
  • Add different components to your portals to create dynamic content such as upcoming event feeds (pulling from your existing calendars) and embedding content. 

The Big Picture: News Management and Channels

Channels are part of the standard Communications module in Veracross, but if you are implementing news management for the first time, you may want to consider how you are using channels from a fresh perspective.

Channels

Channels are the folders or content "buckets" for organizing your content. You may already be creating Composer emails in channels, but now that you are thinking about news management, you can also use them to publish articles in your portals.

Here is a brief overview of channels in Veracross:

And here is a quick look at what end users see when interacting with channels that you configure:

Creating Articles

Your parents likely get report cards in their parent portal and your teachers might access their classes in their teacher portal, but you can make your portals a true hub of communication by creating articles in channels. Here is a quick look at creating an article in Veracross:

And here is a video on creating a component screen:

Steps to Implementing News Management

To start using news management, please speak with your account manager. Once it is turned on, here are some steps you can take to plan your communication strategy using it:

StepNotesResources
Decide what channels you will use with news management.
  • You may already use channels, but reconsider them in the context of news, not just emails.
  • Remove or rename default channels you won't use and add the ones you will.
  • Consider what type of content each will have and where you would want to publish it.
Decide on articles to publish in portals.
  • Create audience-specific content by publishing certain channels in certain portals, e.g., a you might publish articles in a staff/faculty news channel to the teacher portal.
Add components to your portals.
  • Create content components to publish articles from different channels.
  • Add embedded content and explore other news management components.
Start writing content and publishing in channels
  • Use content as the central hub of communication. When you send nice Composer emails, also publish them so they are available as news articles in portals.