This post is being typed in Newsvine's fancy-and-functional new article editor, the result of lots of hard work on the part on Michael Murray and several dedicated beta testers. It's now rolled out to everyone's account. Before we get to the exciting tour of our new pride and joy, there's a very important change among all the new features:
News Types are now gone.
Before today you needed to select a News Type to publish an article or seed a link: Event, Opinion, or Other. Now, there's just a simple statement you can confirm or deny if you wish: This is a report or an opinion about recent news. Here's what that looks like.
This means the Code of Honor's changed. What used to read:
Chosen news types and tags should be accurate and informative - not used to provoke or make a statement.
Inappropriate or malicious use of news types, tags and clipping is prohibited.
Also, note #3c, a new rule:
This will be enforced early and often. We want readers to be able to easily acknowledge and recognize news, and this will help do that. It'll also help better organize current and future uses of Newsvine that aren't for news, whether it's fiction writing, personal reflections, or fashion debates. Don't feel like you have to write or share pieces that fit the statement.
Now, let's take a tour!
New Article Types
The black bar at the top of the screen has changed - where 'Write Article' once was, now there's 'Publish'. Click that, and you'll see that you can now post Photo and Video posts.
If you just want to share a photo or video from YouTube, these posts are great. The photo article should only be used for photos that are your creation. (We're psyched to see Foto-Friday next week.) If you see a great photo or gallery somewhere else, you should still seed it.
You can now embed videos from YouTube, and it's as simple as grabbing the URL. You can also use the embed code if you're so inclined. Click the filmstrip next to 'Insert Media' like so:
That area's important; it's where you'll add images and polls as well, and more options are forthcoming.
Add your URL as prompted. In our case, it's a video of this beatboxing cellist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T36A-H8dPhI
We automatically pull the description from the video for the caption, but feel free to edit it like we did here. In the editor, videos, images, and polls appear as smaller versions with buttons so you can move the video's placement in relation to the text and edit the alignment.
That looks like this:
Example of video or image in editor.
The embedded video looks like this:
Kevin Olusola plays a fantastic arrangement of 'Julie-O' by Mark Summer for cello...and beatbox!
We suppose the embedded video is a little more impressive.
Adding images is more advanced, too. Now it's easier to give credit, crop images and more. There's three techniques to adding an image to your article, all accessible by clicking the portrait next to 'Insert Media'.
You can upload images from your hard drive much the same way as before. Find the image on your hard drive, crop your image if you wish, and if you didn't create the image, find the original source and give credit, with a link when possible. Here's one we took:
Tyler's neighborhood is apparently the home of the canine conspiracy, as these intelligent hounds wait for their owner outside a coffeeshop.
You can also post images from URLs. Here's one from the lovely MSNBC Tumblr: http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljwg952BIR1qc52lxo1_500.jpg
Select 'Paste image URL' and the magic happens; see below. On this screen, you can add an appropriate caption, credit, and link after the magic happens:
The 'Edit Image' screen for an image pulled from a pasted URL.
Please link to the origin of all images pulled from pasted links. This one we saw on the MSNBC Tumblr, so we linked there. Images pulled without crediting may be cause for article removal.
Save your photo and it'll look like this:
Courtesy of Zeb Hogan / University of Nevada, Reno
Read more about the dam fight along the Mekong River in Miranda Leitsinger's report here.
Note that HTML works in the captions for all images and video - we linked to an article related to the image.
If you've already uploaded images, they'll be available to use again by clicking 'my recent images'.
Click the bargraph next to 'Insert Media', and you're greeted by a sleeker, more welcoming 'Add Poll' screen:
Polls manifest the same way they did before, but now you can 'close the ballot box' by finding a date on the calendar and setting a time of day.
You can now schedule articles to post at future dates, too! Just click the down arrow next to 'Publish Live' and select when you want the article to go live - though if you're also accepting comments, make sure you're around to moderate.
The seed editor sports the same look and the same optional statement. It'll also grab images for you when seeding certain articles, which looks like this:
You can also provide your own image, which should be relevant to the seed, and you must have rights to. If you have republishing rights with attribution - like this Creative Commons license - please give credit in the seed summary for now. We're anticipating rolling out a crediting feature.
Questions? Comments? Feedback?
We're very excited for this release, and we hope to see you using it to write and share news even more. Click 'Publish' on the black bar, the former 'Write Article' - or just click here, since this was such a long walkthrough - and get to writing, previewing, embedding, uploading, and publishing. Then let us know how it was for you in the comments!
Update 4/25: Revised 'New Article Types' screenshot, clarified 'Seed editor' section.