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News Story

Are you new to working with News Stories?
Step 1: Prepare your images
  1. You will need to prepare and upload a thumbnail image which will display on your listing page.
  2. (optional) Add a photoset to your news story. You can build your photoset before you begin, or create one and add it later. See an example and learn how to build your photoset.
  3. (optional) Prepare and upload a Social Media Thumbnail image.
Step 2: Create a news story

(Or, follow the steps to create a Borrowed Story.)

  1. Navigate to and select your news folder.
  2. From the top menu, choose Add Content >> News story
  3. Complete the applicable fields: Title, Summary and Author.
  4. Set the right column, parent and sibling checkboxes. These adjust the right column and left menu on this page only.
  5. In the News Story Content section, select a Publication Date (Note: if you do NOT want a time of day displayed, select the date and leave the default time as 12:00 AM). Enter the body of your story in the WYSIWYG editor.
    • Do not copy and paste directly from another source (Word, email, webpage). First copy from the source, then in the Cascade editor click Edit >> Paste as Text before you paste. You can also clean up your text by first pasting it into a text editor such as Textpad or Notepad.
  6. Under Square Thumbnail, click Choose File to select the correct image. Choose.
  7. Save & Preview. Then Submit >> Check Content & Submit.
  8. Publish your news folder.
Step 3. (optional) Add media links
  1. Prepare your media (build your gallery or upload your document).News Story with a 'Document' link
  2. Edit the page.
  3. Scroll down to find the Other Media >> Media section.
  4. Use the dropdown to select the 'Media Type'.
  5. Click either Choose File or Choose Page to browse to and select the media to be linked.
  6. Save & Preview. Then Submit >> Check Content & Submit.
  7. Publish your news folder.
Step 4: (optional) Additional features for your Story 
  1. Use the Photoset section to add a photoset to the top of your page.
  2. Add a Social Media Thumbnail image to help highlight your story when it's shared in Facebook or Twitter.
  3. Add Related Links or other features to the right column to direct readers to other items of interest.
  4. Embed a YouTube video within the content area, or create a YouTube widget to place in the right-hand column.
Step 5: (optional) Adjust which news stories are featured on your homepage ... it's all in the folder order.
  1. If your site does not automatically display news stories on the homepage, you will first need to contact your Cascade Web Manager to activate this feature.
  2. Change the folder order of your stories to control which are displayed first.
  3. Set the desired homepage stories as 1 and 2 (and 3 or 4 if your site displays that many stories on its homepage).

NOTE: Ignore the 'Top Story' checkbox (while in the edit mode of a news story). This field applies only to the University News & Media W&M News website.

Resolving potential problems
The top banner image is repeating on the page in an endless loop.

Edit your story or feature and make sure that in the Photoset field you selected a photoset file, not the current page.

My page has a weird shaded rectangle just under my story by-line and date ...

Selecting a Media Type and the necessary media fileIt sounds like you have selected a 'Media Type' from the Other Media area dropdown, but have not selected the media to be referenced. You can either:

  1. change the dropdown to 'None', and the shaded box will go away, or
  2. use Choose File or Choose Page under the dropdown to select the media to be linked; this will add the proper media icon and link within the shaded box.