News, events, announcements, and links

There are two places you can view news, events, announcements and links. You can view:

  • promoted news, events, links and announcements from the homepage.

  • all news, events, links and announcements (including promoted articles) from the News and events listing page.

Within the homepage news feed your organisation can also choose to pin some articles to the top of the listing, so that they remain there even after new articles are promoted. You may also see a prominent article from time-to-time, this will be particularly important news (you’ll know it when you see it—it will be larger than all the others!).

This section of the guide focuses on providing you with assistance to get the best out of the News and events listing page. You can navigate to the News and events listing page from the 'News' items within the megamenu.

From the homepage or the 'News listing' page you can click on individual listing items so that you are taken to the content page for the news, event or announcement article or directly to the link location for link articles.

If your organisation has included the functionality, you are also be able to create news, event, link or announcement articles to appear in the 'News listing' page or on the homepage.

Check out the news and events video (by appending /workplace-video to the end of your Workplace site’s base URL) for a short overview of how it all works or you can get further information regarding news, events, links and announcements in the Stay up-to-date section of this guide.

Personalisation preferences

For more details on how Squiz Workplace can be configured to tailor the content you see, have a look at the Personalisation section.

When personalisation is enabled, the content that you see is based on your content preferences (see my Account Settings for more details), here is what changes in a nutshell:

  1. The news feed at the top of your Homepage now would display articles targeted for you

  2. The News Listing page now would display additional filtering options to narrow down the list of articles you see when you first visit this page

  3. Each article displays the different "tags" added by authors, this will give you insights as to why any give page is on your feed, and what topic is intended to cover before you read.

See more details below in the sub-sections marked as "Personalised".

News listing page

The 'News and Events' listing page allows you to browse through all the news, events, links and announcements that have been published in your organisation’s Squiz Workplace.

From the news listing page you can:

  • click on an individual article so that you can read it.

  • filter the articles by type, using the 'All types', 'News', 'Event', and 'Announcements' tabs,

  • search for articles using a keyword of your choice in the search bar,

  • sort the list of articles by 'Relevance', alphabetical order or date,

  • filter the articles by 'Article topic',

  • click on the 'Create new post' button to create a new article (news, event, or announcement).

The listing displays up to 10 articles at a time. Clicking 'Load more' will display more articles.

Link type 'articles' are simply links to any internal or external content that you choose to call out in your News and events listing page and/or homepage news feeds. They are created using the Squiz Edit+ interface rather than using the Create an article form. They are handy for calling out new content or for drawing attention to some external information that you need your colleagues to be aware of.

News, event, and announcement articles

Details pages for news, events, and announcement articles all have the basic formatting, with events having a little bit extra.

Depending on the functionality enabled by your organisation, content pages within the Squiz Workplace allow for a variety of ways users can interact with the content. This includes being able to:

  • read,

  • 'favourite' the page,

  • update (using the Squiz Edit+ interface),

  • comment on the content, and

  • view a list of and click through to related articles.

Additionally for events, you are able to see the dates for the event and download it into to your calendar (using the 'Calendar' button next to the 'Edit' button at the top of the body content of the page).

Create an article form

Creating an article

The 'Create an article' form is accessed by clicking on the 'Create article' button on the 'News and events' listing page. Using this for you can create:

  • News articles

  • Event articles

  • Announcement articles.

Link type 'articles' can be created using the Squiz Edit+ Interface. Detailed information is found in the Create and edit content section of this user guide.

To create an article you simply complete the form. Within the form you can choose the 'Article type' ('News', 'Event' or 'Announcement'). If you select 'Event' for your article type, you’ll be asked to fill out several additional fields including the date/s and location of your event.

If your organisation has enabled categorisation of articles, you can also select an 'Article topic' from the available list of topics.

One you’ve completed all the fields and clicked 'Create new article', your article will be added to the 'News and events' listing page.

Editing an article

As the creator of the article you may want to edit your article, which you can do. If your organisation allows for it, any or some authorised colleagues will be able to edit the article you have created.

As with normal content pages there are a variety of options you can use/customise to make your article more user-friendly and readable for your colleagues. Some basic options include being able to:

  • format your text (using heading styles, bold or italic text styling, bullets and numbered lists, tables etc.),

  • add images with or without captions,

  • add video,

  • add tabs or accordions to organise your content,

  • format the layout of the page (using metadata) to add or remove;

    • breadcrumbs,

    • page heading,

    • 'author' block,

    • 'last edited' block,

    • comments,

    • 'back-to-top' link.

If you’re a first-time Squiz Workplace and Squiz Edit+ interface user, don’t worry! It’s less complex than it sounds! For an overview of content pages and using Squiz Edit+ interface to update content, we recommend starting with our Content pages video (by appending /workplace-video to the end of your Workplace site’s base URL). We also have some detailed information in the Create and edit content section of this user guide.

Personalised news listing page

The personalised 'News and Events' listing page allows you to browse through all the news, events, links and announcements that are targeted to you via content preferences.

From the personalised news listing page you can:

  • click on an individual article so that you can read it

  • filter the articles by type, using the 'All types', 'News', 'Event', and 'Announcements' tabs

  • search for articles using a keyword of your choice in the search bar

  • sort the list of articles by 'Relevance', alphabetical order or date

  • filter the articles using the 'Filter articles' dialog, which will show you all the content preferences available as per your organisational profile

    • Important: From this page you can also update your personal content preferences by using the option "Apply and set as preference", which will also change what you see in other pages of Squiz Workplace, read more about what else changes in our Personalisation section

  • more options to filter articles by removing any active "tag" applied to your feed

  • click on the 'Create new post' button to create a new article.

The listing displays up to 10 articles at a time. Clicking 'Load more' will display more articles.

Filtering content and applying preferences to your profile

The options available on this page vary from organisation to organisation, but the principle remains. Update your preferences and use the "Apply" to see how the content of your Personalised News Listing page changes, or use the "Apply and set as preference" option to apply your changes permanently.

  • Note: the option "Apply and set as preference" will also alter what you see from your Homepage, Calendar, Alerts and any other area of Squiz Workplace that is personalised in the future.

Personalised news, events, and announcements content pages

All the detail pages across Squiz Workplace will still have available the features available when personalisation is disabled (such as adding favourites, editing, initiating conversations etc. See our subsection "News, events, and announcement content pages" for more details.

What is different when personalisation is enabled?

The key difference is that now you can also see what "tags" are applied to any given article, these "tags" can be added by content authors and they are used to target content based on your profile in different places or for search purposes depending on the configuration of your Squiz Workplace instance.

The tags will give you more insights as to why certain content is considered relevant for you, and clues about the type of content you are looking at even before you start reading!

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