News items on Mass.gov can take the following forms:
To save a draft of a News item, you’ll need to fill out/make a selection in the following sections:
signees (you will need to include at least 1 state organization)
Press Statements and Releases also require:
media contact (you’ll enter a Person item you created earlier)
Press Releases also require:
location (i.e., dateline)
Once you’ve published your News item, it will appear on your Organization Page(s) as long as you didn’t select “none” in your Org Page’s automatic news item section. That is, you have to set your Org Page to automatically display news in order for News items to appear on it.
Think of the title as a headline. Include keywords that will help your content stand out in searches (from Google, for example).
Picking an announcement type changes the “eyebrow” in the page’s upper left corner. Whatever you select will appear there:
The short description appears beneath the title. Think of it like a subtitle— a sentence that summarizes the essence of the article. Remember not to simply repeat your News item’s title. Often, the best short description is a 1-sentence summary of your News item. It will appear, along with the beginning of your News item, in social media previews:
You’ll find the Organization(s) field at the bottom of the first tab in every Mass.gov content type, and in documents. This field tells Mass.gov’s search which pages belong to which organization. This field also powers the "Offered by" relationship indicator that displays at the top of all Mass.gov pages. "Offered by" displays on the top right if there is a "Part of" relationship indicator on the left in a desktop view, or on the top left if there is no "Part of" link. On a smaller screen, "Offered by" appears directly under "Part of" at the top of the page. Making sure your Organization field is filled out correctly will help users who land on your content find their way to your Organization Page.
Choose the audience this content is intended for. This information will help measure how well these audiences are being served and won't be displayed on the public-facing site. This is currently only for internal use. Choose from:
Not Set (default)
Professional (For their jobs)
You’ll need to list at least one state organization, though you can list as many state or external organizations as you’d like. The related organization field is an autofill field, which means you’ll start typing the name of the organization you’re looking for and select it from the list. The names on this list read according to what the organization has titled its Organization Page.
Signee information will appear at the bottom of the page. Users will see the organization’s name, short description, and logo. These are determined by content on the Org Page you’ve selected. You can also choose to upload a different image.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you get permission to list others’ organizations as signees. When you list a state organization, you’re also telling Mass.gov to add your News item to that organization’s Org Page. (It won’t appear if that Organization’s automatic news item section is set to “none”).
Here’s how News appears on an Org page. The top items are featured, meaning an author chose them. Those on the bottom are automatic, meaning they appear automatically according to their date and the organization being a signee:
Whatever you type in the location field will be formatted as a dateline: displayed in all caps followed by an em dash. So, Boston would display as BOSTON —
Filling in the location field is optional on all but Press Releases.
To add videos that are hosted on YouTube:
Click “Add Video.”
Click either “Add new media item” or “Add existing media item”
If adding a new media item:
Give your video a title in name.
Paste the URL of your video into video URL.
If you add content into transcript and video description, Mass.gov will create a link to a page with your video and this content.
Click on “Create new media item” to add it to your page.
If adding an existing media item:
Type all or part of the item’s name in the media name contains field and hit “Apply”
Check off the box for the chosen video
Click “Select video” and it will be added to your News item
You'll be presented with different rich text fields under the Main Content tab depending upon which News item type you select.
If you are creating a Speech or Press Release, you'll see a rich text field called content.
With a Speech or Press Release, you're limited to this one field, though you can add a featured image and a video.
For News articles and Press Statements, you can fill out an optional overview field, which is a rich-text box.
If you require more space for your content, you can create 1 or more sections by clicking on “Add section with heading.” Each section on a News item includes a required title, an optional text field, key actions links that result in blue boxes, and "Additional Resources," which can include links and downloads.
Since the content area is optional, you could begin your News item with downloads. You would skip the overview, create a section with a title and downloads, and then create a new section with your additional content. You can reorder your sections by using the crosshairs on the left to drag and drop them into a different order.
If you’re creating a Press Release or Statement, you’ll also need to add a media contact for members of the press to access. The media contact will be a Person that you’ve already created. The media contact will display on the right, and in an accordion at the bottom of your News.