The Article List page is displayed when you enter a particular section via the Content menu, by following the hierarchy of publications, issues and sections. Alternatively, use the breadcrumb trail beneath the navigation menu to jump to the section that you're interested in, and then click the Go to Articles link.
To edit a specific article, simply click on its Title, and you will be taken to the Edit Article page. A locked article is one that is being edited at that moment, as shown in the list by a padlock icon to the left of its name. Articles being edited by other users on the Newscoop system also have a pink background in the list.
To find out who is editing an article and when it was locked, click on the article Title in the list. A page will open with the name of the editor, and buttons offering the options of unlocking or viewing that particular article. Using the View option means that you will not be able to overwrite another contributor's work while it is still in progress.
The Article List enables you to perform other actions besides editing the article, and you can perform these actions on multiple articles at once. To perform an action on one or more articles, click the checkbox to the left of each article Title. The articles you have selected will be highlighted with a light blue background.
Now that you have selected the articles, go to the Select action drop-down menu at the top of the list, and select the action you would like to perform.
For example, if you select Toggle: 'On Front Page', Newscoop will display the selected articles on the front page of your publication, if the articles have been published and the issue they belong to is the latest one. A small green pop-up window will confirm that the action has been processed. Some actions will take you to another page, because they require further input. These actions requiring additional input include Publish schedule, Duplicate to another section, and Move.
The article list also allows you to rearrange articles as they appear on your section page, if your section template supports this feature. To move an article's position in the list, simply click anywhere in its row, hold the mouse button down, and drag the row to the position that you require. The new arrangement of the articles is not finalized until you click the Save order button underneath the Article List.
On the right hand side of the Article List are additional columns which relate to other functions, such as the number of Comments posted on the article, or the number of Reads it has had from the public. In the upper right corner of the list is a Show / hide columns button which enables you to select the columns that you wish to view.
To re-order the articles by Title, the number of Comments or Reads, or the Publish Date, click on the appropriate column heading. Column headings that enable sorting have a double chevron icon. After you click the Save Order button, the order of the articles on the relevant section page will be updated. For example, you could identify the article which had the most reads in a particular section, and move it to the top of its section page.
The Comments entry on the Content menu opens a page which enables you to approve, edit or delete reader comments on articles. See the chapter Moderating Comments for more details.
The Feedback page on the Content menu is similar in function to the Comments page, except that Feedback messages are for logged-in Newscoop users only, such as staff or subscribers. Feedback messages do not have to be attached to any particular article, and can also have image or document attachments.
Also found on the Content menu, the Media Archive page provides an overview of all non-text content in your publication's database. It has three tabs; one for Images, one for Slideshows, and one for other Files, such as PDF, audio or video files. New content can be uploaded directly to the Media Archive using the Add new image, Add new slideshow or Add new file link next to the blue plus sign icon on the respective tab.
The main difference between the tabs is that images and slideshows are opened in the reader's web browser by default, whereas files can be set to be downloaded by the reader instead. For this reason, it's also possible to upload images into the Files tab, if you wish readers to download them.
Apart from the Article list, Newscoop includes another tool which provides an overview of content across all publications on the server. The Search feature is accessed via an entry on the Content menu, and has an interface somewhat like an Internet search engine. You can filter the search options according to a specific publication, issue or section. You can also filter by a number of other criteria, such as the author or publication date of the article.
The Pending articles page on the Content menu displays an article list of new copy submitted by journalists, or articles imported via XML. It is similar in function to the Pending Articles widget on the Dashboard. Click on the Title of an article to edit it.
Featured Article Lists
A Featured Article List is a custom article list created for use in a specific template, such as the front page of your publication. To create a new list, click on Featured Article List in the Content menu, then click the blue Add list button.
In the Featured Article Lists page which opens, enter a name for the new list into the List Name field. Then click the blue Save button.
After this, you can drag and drop articles from the Available Articles box into the Featured Articles box, as shown in the chapter The sidebar.