Basic Info

The News section of the NYU website features templates specifically designed for archival purposes. The News Templates, including News Release and News Story, are only available in this section and for use by the Office of Public Affairs. By using one of these specialized templates, you're able to create press releases and stories that are easily featured on the main news page.

Tutorial

  1. Navigate to the appropriate News Month Archive page.
    1. The NYU News section is archived by year in descending order and within each year by month in ascending order.
    2. Each News Month Archive contains press releases and stories in the order in which they're released, with the newest items listed at the bottom of the Details Pane or on later pages.
  2. Add a news item by creating a page using one of the following templates:
    1. News Release
    2. News Story
  3. Note: News Year and Month Archives are created and managed by the Digital Communications Group. If there is an issue or missing content, please submit a Project Request Form for assistance.

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NYU News website hierarchy

The NYU News section is archived by year in descending order and within each year by month in ascending order.

News Release

  1. Navigate to and open your News Release page.
  2. Edit the required page properties. To open Page Properties:
    1. Right-click on the page you want to modify while in Site Admin mode and select "Page Properties" from the menu; or
    2. Open the page you want to modify and from the Page tab in the Sidekick, click on "Page Properties...".
  3. In the News Release tab update the required fields. (Note: Only the fields marked with an * asterisk are required.)
    1. Title: This field is pre-populated based on your page title, which will typically be your release title.
    2. Short Title: These shortened versions of your release titles are displayed in features, promos, and summary lists. There is a character limit of 140. This field is required.
    3. Deck: This appears as the lede for your release before your main content and associated release image. Deck text is bold and slightly larger than release paragraph text. There is a character limit of 500. This field is required.
    4. Press Contact: The associated press contact(s) for your release will appear below your main content. This field is required.
    5. Location: The building, neighborhood, city, country, or continent for your release will appear to the left of your main content. This field is required.
    6. Category Tags: The category(ies) for your release will appear to the left of your main content and assist in populating additional news content above the page footer. This field is required.
    7. Tags: Provide additional tags to further classify your news release as needed. This field is optional.
    8. Series Tags: Provide a series tag to associate news releases and stories that create a featured series. This field is optional.
  4. Add an associated release image in the News Image tab within the Page Properties window. This image will be displayed on your release page and be used in features, promos, and summary lists. This step is required.
    1. Locate the image you'd like to use in the left hand asset tray.
      1. Images will never appear larger than 450 pixels wide by 338 pixels high.
      2. We suggest a resolution of 72 DPI.
    2. Drag and drop the image into the appropriate image field.
    3. Add the required 4:3 ratio crop on the image.
      1. Select the crop icon.
      2. Click "Aspect ratio."
      3. Select 4:3 from the dropdown menu.
      4. Adjust the crop as needed.
    4. Insert the required alternative text.
  5. Insert a new Rich Text component to add the main content for your release.
  6. Add other available components as needed.
    1. Column Control
    2. Divider
    3. Image
    4. Media Player
    5. Photo Gallery
    6. Basic Promo
    7. Button Promo
  7. Activate your release and associated digital assets.

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News Story

  1. Navigate to and open your News Story page.
  2. Edit the required page properties. To open Page Properties:
    1. Right-click on the page you want to modify while in Site Admin mode and select "Page Properties" from the menu; or
    2. Open the page you want to modify and from the Page tab in the Sidekick, click on "Page Properties...".
  3. In the News Story tab update the required fields. (Note: Only the fields marked with an * asterisk are required.)
    1. Title: This field is pre-populated based on your page title, which will typically be your story title.
    2. Short Title: These shortened versions of your story titles are displayed in features, promos, and summary lists. There is a character limit of 140. This field is required.
    3. Deck: This appears as the lede for your story before your main content and associated release image. Deck text is bold and slightly larger than paragraph text. There is a character limit of 500. This field is optional.
    4. Byline: Provide the name(s) of the story author. This field is optional.
    5. Story Type: Select from article, video, or gallery. This field is required.
    6. Category Tags: The category(ies) for your story will appear to the left of your main content and assist in populating additional news content above the page footer. This field is required.
    7. Tags: Provide additional tags to further classify your news story as needed. This field is optional.
    8. Location: The building, neighborhood, city, country, or continent for your story will appear to the left of your main content. This field is required.
    9. Series Tags: Provide a series tag to associate news releases and stories that create a featured series. This field is optional.
  4. Add an associated story image in the News Image tab within the Page Properties window. This image will be displayed in features, promos, and summary lists. This step is required.
    1. Locate the image you'd like to use in the left hand asset tray.
      1. Images will never appear larger than 450 pixels wide by 338 pixels high.
      2. We suggest a resolution of 72 DPI.
    2. Drag and drop the image into the appropriate image field.
    3. Insert the required alternative text.
  5. Add a hero image to be displayed between your deck and news story in the Hero Image tab within the Page Properties window. This step is optional.
    1. Locate the image you'd like to use in the left hand asset tray.
      1. Images will never appear wider than 1200 pixels.
      2. Hero image height will depend on browser size, the original height of the image, and whether or not the image was cropped using the crop tool within the CMS. An uncropped image will show the upper 440 pixels of the image and resize according to the browser.
      3. We suggest a resolution of 72 DPI.
    2. Drag and drop the image into the appropriate image field.
    3. Insert the required alternative text.
    4. Provide an optional caption to be displayed below the hero image.
  6. Insert a new Rich Text component to add the main content for your release.
  7. Add other available components as needed.
    1. Column Control
    2. Divider
    3. Image
    4. Media Player
    5. Photo Gallery
    6. Basic Promo
    7. Button Promo
  8. Activate your story and associated digital assets.

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Accessibility Info

Headings

  • Your page title is considered an H1 heading, so your first heading should be an H2.
  • When nesting headings, remember not to skip levels when creating sub-sections. For example, you can go from an H2 to an H3 but not an H2 to an H4.
  • Don't use the heading format solely for aesthetic purposes. If you want to call out an important point, consider making that sentence bold or applying the callout text style instead of incorrectly applying a heading format.

Linked Text

  • Screen readers are unable to provide context to a link beyond the linked text — which means multiple "click here" links on a page all appear to be the same.
  • When linking a file, provide the file type and size as part of the linked text. For example, NYU Identity Style Guide (PDF: 367 KB).

Learn more about text and accessibility at NYU.

Using Images

  • Screen readers are not able to read text displayed within an image.
  • Images with text are difficult to read on smaller screens and can appear pixelated when magnified.
  • Logotypes (logos with text) are okay to use with alt text.
  • When selecting an image, make sure it's something that can complement your text content rather than replace it.

Alternative Text

  • When writing your alt text, be concise and consider the purpose your image plays in the context of your content.
  • Because of character limits on different screen reader software, try to keep your alt text less than 140 characters.
  • If an image is purely decorative, enter a space in the alt text field to mark it null.

Infographics

  • Infographics must include a full text description, located in the main body of your page or within an Expandable component.
  • Note in your alt text where site visitors can locate the full text description.
  • Some colors are inaccessible to users with color blindness, so do not rely on color alone to convey messages in graphics.

Learn more about images and accessibility at NYU.

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