Posting a news article

These are the basic mechanics about posting news articles on WordPress:

Posts menu

Jeremy Steele / MSU School of Journalism

Use the Posts menu to view existing news articles or create a new one.

Post news articles as POSTS, not PAGES. Select “Add New” from the Posts sidebar menu, or select “+ New Post” from the top menu of the Dashboard.

Each article is a new and separate post.

Paste as Text tool

If you are copying text from a Word file, Google document or other word processing program, when pasting text, use the Paste as Text option from the formatting menu. This will strip any funky formatting attached to the text by your word processing program and will ensure your text appears properly.

Fields you should complete when creating an article:

Title/Headline

Capitalize only the first word and proper nouns in a headline. Use a good verb. We don’t want a simple label like “School board meeting.” (Dull.)

Byline

The Website system will automatically format your byline based on the user name of the person who created the article. See Creating or Changing a Byline

Add Media

You can add visual media, such as photos or videos, in a variety of ways. See Adding Media

Featured Media

Ideally, all news articles will have a photo as a featured image. See Adding Media

Excerpt

Excerpts are hand-crafted summaries of your content that are used by the website to create a preview of an article on the homepage or landing pages for categories, tags or series. We recommend all articles have excerpts.

The best excerpts often are not the lede of a story, but might be a revised version of the nut graph and a quote.

If you do not create an excerpt, the website automatically will grab the first few sentences of an article as the preview.

Categories & Tags

Categories and tags are the main taxonomies by which viewers find information on our website.

All articles must be assigned to at least one category. Most articles will be assigned to several categories. Articles may or may not include tags, which should be limited to key people, places and organizations appearing in an article. See Categories & Tags

Series

The Series module is used to attach an article to a series of similar stories so that they can be shown together. These options should be left unchecked unless you are specifically working on one of the listed projects.

Post Types

Post Types is another way to help sort content to help our audience find what they may be looking for. Check the appropriate post type for your content:

  • Article: A story told primarily via written text.
  • Audio: A story told primarily via audio.
  • Photo Gallery: A story told primarily via a gallery of photographs
  • Video: A story told primarily via video.

Editorial Metadata

This module is used for story planning. See Pitching a News Article