Website Newsfeeds and News/Media Posts

News, feature stories and announcements can be added to newsfeeds on the Pacific University website using the News/Media content type built into the website. Newsfeeds found throughout the site are generated using a system of tags.

The News/Media content type is a powerful communication tool for providing information to current students, faculty and staff and sharing Pacific University's stories with a global audience.

News FeedsAdding News/Media Posts | News as Featured or Related Content

Newsfeeds

Newsfeeds are based on tags and can be added to the bottom of standard pages, academic pages, and even individual faculty pages. To add a newsfeed to the bottom of a webpage, email webteam@pacificu.edu.

At the bottom of the feed, it will indicate which tags it is pulling in to generate the feed. Clicking on a tag will direct a user to a page that shows all news/media posts with that tag.

Screenshot of the News Feed with Tag's

For example, an optometry newsfeed generated by the optometry and vision science tags will pull in all News/Media posts tagged with either optometry or vision science or both tags.

To add a new post to a newsfeed, enter any of the appropriate tags in the "Content Tags" field on the editing screen of the News/Media post.

Video Tutorial | Posting on Newsfeeds

Pacific University News

All News/Media posts (except for internal announcements tagged "announcements") display on the main Pacific University Newsfeed, accessible through the menu by navigating to About > News.

News Feeds for Current Students, Faculty and Staff

Announcements and timely stories for the current Pacific University Community are shown on the MyPacific landing pages. The main MyPacific page, as well as the pages for undergraduate students, graduate & professional students and faculty & staff have both a "News" and "Upcoming Events" feed.

Screenshot of MyPacific news and event feeds, with arrows indicating how they are generated

The newsfeed is powered by the News/Media posts and tagging system. The upcoming events feed is powered by the online calendar, a separate system available to all users with a PUnet ID. To add to the events feed, read more about using the online calendar.

To add a new post to a newsfeed on a MyPacific page, enter any of the appropriate tags in the "Content Tags" field on the editing screen of the News/Media post.

Newsfeed Tags
Main Pacific University News page includes all news/media posts by default except those with the tag "internal news"
MyPacific Landing page current undergraduate, current graduate, faculty & staff,
Current Undergraduate current undergraduate
Current Graduate & Professional current graduate
Faculty & Staff faculty & staff

Items tagged "announcements" are internal announcements only, such as office closures. Posts tagged with this tag will be excluded from the primary university newsfeed.

Adding News/Media Posts

Screenshot of a News, Media and Stories webpage

All trained web editors can create News/Media posts. To add events and other important dates, read about using the online calendar, a separate system available to all users with a PUnet ID. Please allow 1-2 days for your post to be published after sending a publish request.

Create a new News/Media item by going to Content > Add content > News/Media. This will take you to the News/Media editing screen.

Editing Screen Fields

Title | A title is mandatory and should provide enough information for a user to decide if it's relevant.

Byline | Include the first and last name of the person who wrote the piece or the name of the department or office the announcement is coming from.

Publication Date | The publication date auto-fills.

Banner Image/Feature Video | Banner photos are 2500 x 700 pixels. Include a banner photo or a feature video, but not both. All multimedia must follow our Image & Video Standards.

Summary | A summary is a one sentence synopsis of the story.

Body | The bulk of the information is included within the body content area, including any additional images. The news/media content type uses the same built-in editor as basic pages. For more information on the editor, please see the formatting guide.

Teaser | If this is a feature story, or if you wish to use the story as Featured or Related Content (see below), you must add a teaser image and teaser title. If you have a feature video uploaded, you can choose to pull that into a teaser instead of an image by changing the toggle from Image to Video.

Content Tags | Adding tags to a news/media post will determine where it displays on the site. Add the appropriate tag(s) to set where the post will display. If left blank, the post will show up on the Pacific University News page only. All newsfeeds on the site are generated via these tags. To select a tag, start typing and the field will auto-populate. To request a new tag to power a newsfeed, email webteam@pacificu.edu.

News Media Posts as Featured or Related Content

News/Media posts can be pulled into pages or academic pages as featured or related content blocks. Featured content is displayed in sets of three across a banner image of a page. Related Content is displayed below the body content area of a page.

Screenshot of a webpage with an arrow indicating a News/Media post as Featured Content

To use this feature, you must fill out the teaser section on the editing screen of the post. Once the post is published (with the teaser section completed), it can be pulled in as related content to a page.

To pull it into a page, edit the Screenshot of the featured items field on an editing screen, with an arrow indicating auto-completepage in question. In either the featured content or related content fields, start typing the title (not the teaser title) of the post.

The field will pop up an auto-complete. Select the correct item from the auto-complete list. and then save the page. The page will pull in the teaser title and image (or video) of any post set as related or featured content.

In addition to news/media posts, any page can be pulled in as related or featured content as long as the teaser section is complete.