Post External WSDOT News with Drupal

Create a News Article

  1. Hover your cursor over Content on the top black bar on your screen.

Hover your cursor over Content on the top black bar on your screen.

  1. Move your cursor over the blue Add Content button, then select News Article from the list.
     
  2. The Create News Article window will pop up on top of the previous page. Do not click anywhere outside of the Create News Article window or it will disappear.

The Create News Article window will pop up on top of the previous page. Do not click anywhere outside of the Create News Article window or it will disappear.

  1. This window is where you will create your News Article by filling in these textboxes. Anything with a red asterisk (*) near it is required. Everything else is optional.

This window is where you will create your News Article by filling in these textboxes. Anything with a red asterisk (*) near it is required. Everything else is optional.

  • Title textbox*: type in a unique and descriptive but short headline
  • TIP: Think carefully! Whatever you type in here will be the way you can find it again and act as the end of the web address for the release.
     
  • Section*: select News
     
  • Optional: select any Highways, Organizations, Regions, Mountain Passes and/or Cities the News Article relates to in the labeled fields
     
  • Summary textbox*: Copy the first one or two sentences of the actual news article and  paste them here.
     
  • Body textbox*: Located below the summary textbox. This is where content that appears in the middle of the page once published goes. Paste your news release from Word to keep all of the text formatting and links you already created. However, this will create spaces between lines. Click your cursor in between each of these spaces and delete them until the formatting looks correct.
  • The body textbox is located below the summary textbox. This is where content that appears in the middle of the page once published goes.
     

If you have a secondary header:

  1. Click on one end of the secondary headline in the Body Text box and drag it to select all of the secondary headline text.

  1. Click on the dropdown box below the Source button on your Body Textbox toolbar. Select Heading 3. Your secondary headline will now look different from the rest of the text

  1. Click anywhere else in the body textbox to deselect it and continue editing your news article.
  • Other useful options on the Body textbox toolbar:
  • Other useful options on the Body textbox toolbar
  • Links: highlight what you want to make into a link and then hit the Link button (looks like a chain link)
    1. E-mail: creates an email with default settings when clicked
    2. Link to anchor in text: Do not use this for News Articles
    3. URL: for sites outside of our site (ex: www.google.com)
    4. Internal path: For pages/images/documents on our site
  • Add Photos/Documents Directly: Use the Add Media button (looks like two photos stacked) by uploading them and/or finding them in the file Library if they are already uploaded.
  • Source: Press this to see the HTML behind the item you are working on. Click it again to return to What You See Is What You Get mode.
     
  • Embed media: Link to Flickr photos with the Embed Media button (a piece of film reel with a plus sign in the bottom right corner) on your Body textbox toolbar. See page XX
     
  • Expand textbox: Press the button with the four arrows to expand the Body textbox to make it easier to read and edit. Press this button again to return to the normal size.
     
  • Moderation State: found under the Publishing options tab at the bottom of the page:

Select the correct Moderation State

  • Draft: stills needs work, it’s not quite ready for revising yet
  • Needs review: send to editor to look over
  • Needs Moderation: editor approved, now the Web Team will look it over
  • Published: done and out in the world (may take up to 10 minutes for it to appear)
     
  1. Click the green Save button, which will take you to a page like the one below (numbers correlate with arrows on photo):

  1. Shows the headline you placed in the Title field.
  2. The contact information should be at the top of the Body field.
    1. Don’t put “Contact:” before the name linked to email
    2. Ensure you have linked the correct email with the names
  3. If you have a secondary headline, it goes here, between the contact information and the body of the press release.
    1. Ensure this secondary headline is formatted as Heading 3 (should be a bit larger than the body text and bold)
  4. Here is the start of your press release.
  5. Any subheads within the release should be Bold.
  6. Once you have checked the formatting of everything else, click this dropdown box, set it to Needs Moderation and hit Apply. Web Help will look it over and publish it if there is nothing missing.