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Planned
Erica Smith 7 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 7 months ago 5

We have a block on the homepage and every section that pulls in a feed of headlines from new stories as they are posted. If a story is updated, reporters and editors can manually (based on our site settings) mark the update as "important." On the article, this shows the original publish time and when the story was updated. It's great.


But the "important" update doesn't recirculate the story through the "latest stories" column. I can pull stories by date and time (done) and by "update" time ... but that applies to any update to the story. Fixing a typo isn't "important." Adding three new paragraphs to a breaking news story is. So I'm interested in a sort rule that would pick up "important" update times.


1. What problem(s) does this idea solve? See above.


2. Why do you need this idea implemented? Provide as many problems or use cases as possible. Greater promotion of breaking news and updating stories. Otherwise, reporters change the start time of the story. That works, but isn't really a best practice.

3. How often would you use this feature? Daily. Hourly. Every time an important update is made.


4. How many people in your organization would use this feature? All of them. OK, all of the reporters (about 35) and digital staff (about 5) and section editors (about 7) and senior editors (3). So at least 50 people.

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Searching answer
Kevin M. Cox 9 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated 8 months ago 9

We send staff photos into TCMS through a "hot folder" that is processed as a Job on the server. We use several properties there to set the section and workflow depending on the folder used.


Is there a way to have TCMS automatically assign an author to an image through one of these functions? I found the following setting put it doesn't appear to work.


  • property_import_author: sets all imported assets to have a specific property. Example 2: property_import_author='jdoe'.


Any help is appreciated.

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Answered
Bob Rose 8 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 8 months ago 2

Like the addition of the "teaser" image on article files, but for purposes of training staff and passing meta data on, shouldn't they be consistently named "preview" instead of "teaser?" - or are they serving different functions?

Answer

Thanks Robert and Bob! Yes, Robert's description was accurate. I'll give you two use cases for the Teaser that will illustrate it's purpose:


1. Using a teaser image so that you don't "give away" the mystery of the story or the main story photo. For example, an article like, "The two Hermiones just met and I'm crying" would show and example of two Hermiones from the movie, which would work to draw the user in to find more information. The teaser image does not show on the article though.


On the article itself, the main photo (which is the revealing photo that users clicked through to see) can now be shown. This just a child asset which would show as usual. See this example:



2. The second case where this may be useful is where a media organization has a goal or mandate to have more photos on more articles. They may want to add "stock" images - such as some crime tape to go with a crime story -but because it isn't actually a picture of something important, they don't actually want it to show on the article page itself. That way, you can have a teaser thumbnail, but you don't have to have it on the article page.

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Planned
Kevin M. Cox 9 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Patrick O'Lone (Director of Software Development) 9 months ago 4

A lot of our staff like using the Expanded Editor view when working in article assets so they can focus on just the body of their story. They are requesting that a Save button be added into this view so they can save (without closing) directly without having to first return to the standard asset view.


Probably the easier thing would be to simply add another bar at the bottom of the window, below the Stats bar, that contains the Save button on the right side. Alternatively adding it into the toolbar at the top of the screen would work just as well.


Please let me know what y'all think.


Thanks,

Kevin

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Ashley 9 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Is anyone currently delivering their GA and Quantcast tracking code to their AMP pages? Is that automatically included in the markup that TN is providing to Google AMP or do we need to add that using their insertion macros in option.head.utl?

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Under review
Brad Boner 10 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 9 months ago 2

First, thanks so much for adding the Broadcast feature to the TCMS. It's a very useful feature that will certainly get a lot of use.


It would be awesome if we could set a custom time to Broadcast assets separate from the asset's start time. This would enable us to send content to our social media channels for optimum visibility. For example, much of our content goes live on our website at 4:30 a.m. but it would be better to delay the Broadcast to Facebook until about 7:30 or 8 a.m. when there are more people on Facebook.

It would also be nice to have the ability to schedule multiple Broadcast times for different channels inside a single asset. For example, we would like to broadcast to Facebook once but may like to broadcast to Twitter three separate times, so it would be cool to have the ability to schedule a single FB broadcast and three Twitter broadcasts.


Finally — and I don't know if it's possible — but it would also be nice if media such as photos that are attached to assets could be broadcast to Twitter along with the asset's link.

Thanks,

Brad

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Nick 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 10 months ago 2

I was manually sending AP assets to the web and found myself having to open them all to make sure they hadn't already been given a site tag. We do this every day and it finally occurred to me what would make it a much simpler process.


It would be nice to have a separate column for the presence of a site tag just like we have a "Sections" columns for section tags. Even a little box like this...


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Brad Boner 10 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Nick 10 months ago 1

Any way to enable hotlinks in our tagline? Would like to have the ability to have our taglines read similar to:


Contact Brad Boner at photo@jhnewsandguide.com. Follow on Twitter @JHNGphoto.


Thanks!

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eparker 10 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Patrick O'Lone (Director of Software Development) 10 months ago 2

where can i see example of a TownNews site using content exchange?

Answer
Tim Turner 10 months ago

Mike is correct. Probably the best place to see content exchange content is http://curated.tncontentexchange.com

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Completed
Brad Boner 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 12 months ago 14
Is there any way to have the Broadcast options available in the Total CMS? We would like our reporters to be able to post their stories to Twitter and Facebook via the Broadcast option (under the "Other" tab in CMS), but all our reporters work in TCMS, where the option is not available.

It would also be nice to have the stories broadcast to the social media sites at the publication time set by the reporter.
Answer
We're definitely wanting to add this in to TCMS - it just gets very complicated.

We have customers that may have a TCMS site feeding multiple websites. The Broadcast channels may not line up one to one from TCMS to the website - it almost needs to be tied into the site tag somehow.
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Lindy Ritz 1 year ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 12 months ago 1

I am probably not the first to suggest this feature, but for those of us in TCMS, are there plans to expand the options of column views under search results? Currently available are: Slug/Status/Sections/Authors/Priority/Start Time/Delete Time/Workflow/Print/Depth/Modify time/Modified by


Perhaps also having additional options of viewing:
Syndicated (show the syndicated icon)
Keywords (truncated, but at least the first few)
Notes (truncated too perhaps)
These could be timesavers so we wouldnt have to open every single asset to recall those details.


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Kevin M. Cox 1 year ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated 1 year ago 1

Is there a way to disable the importing of assets from a Syndication channel?


We created one in TotalCMS that allows us to easily search our website since it contains years of articles that aren’t in TCMS. However when users import these articles is creates the potential for them to show up on the website twice.


It would be great if there was an option for a “read-only” syndication channel that disables the Add to Site function.

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Under review
Erica Smith 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kyle Whitfield 1 year ago 6

If a user searches for assets to be used as sibling or child assets and the desired assets are on multiple pages, there's no easy way to add them to the story. You have to add the assets you want from Page 1. Then open the search again, search for the assets you want, go to Page 2, add the assets you want from that page. Want more? Repeat that process for every page of search results.

This is time consuming (and annoying). To change it, I've submitted a feature request. Help me make it a reality.

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Nick 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 1 year ago 3

For example, the tagline in TCMS(before it hits the page) is:

Reporter John Smith writes about education and other local topics. Contact him at name@foofoo.com, on Facebook or at 555-1234.


And the byline is:
By JOHN SMITH
The Brunswick News


But when it is placed on the page the template styling/snippets alter that to fit on multiple lines. So when it hits web it looks like...

Reporter John

Smith

writes about education and other local topics. Contact him at name@foofoo.com, on Facebook or at 555-1234.


And the byline looks like:

By JOHN SMITH The Brunswick News


So something in the design templates is overwriting what's in the asset. I understand why from a page layout standpoint. But this doesn't make sense from a web standpoint. It should allow the template to edit the design on the printed page but leave the web version unaltered.


Basically, the bylines and taglines should look the same online as they do in the users' accounts. The InDesign templates shouldn't alter this.

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Donald 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Mapping the subhead in TCMS to CMS would eliminate the need to copy subheads from the Print tab in TCMS to the Other tab so the subheads could be shown online. Doing this would allow the subhead (which may be modified on the page) to be consistent with the subhead online. Because editors don't go back to the asset to copy & paste the subhead from one tab to another, subheads online are missing. (NOTE: This only affects people with both TCMS and CMS.)