Newscoop's user management features enable you to control access for both Staff users and Subscribers. You can define User types for your staff members, such as Journalist or Editor, and manage author profiles. User management tasks have their own sub-menu on the main Newscoop navigation menu.
Initially, Newscoop has only one user account: admin. Do not delete this account, as it is needed by the feature which informs staff users of events on the Newscoop system. The email address associated with the admin account is used as the "Reply-To" address in these notification emails.
Creating User Types
A User type is defined by a checklist of tasks that the user is allowed to perform in the Newscoop system. This list of tasks ranges from creating, managing and editing publications, sections, or articles, to template and plugin management.
Instead of configuring each access right for every single user, Newscoop enables you to create generic user types which can be assigned to multiple users.
Newscoop has five default user types, in order from most to least powerful:
- Administrator - full authorization
- Chief Editor - has the right to create and delete issues
- Editor - limited to basic article management and editing
- Journalist - can create articles, but not delete them
- Subscription manager - can't change editorial content
To create a new user type, select Staff User Types from the Users menu, then click the Add new user type link next to the green plus sign icon.
Name the new user type, and check the boxes for the rights that you want enabled for this type. Then click the Save button at the top or bottom of the list.
When you return to the User types list, your new user type should be shown there.
Creating Staff Users
To add a new Staff user, select Staff from the Users menu, and then click on the Add new staff member link next to the green plus sign icon.
You should specify the account name, password, full name, e-mail address and phone number of the new user. Then choose a User type (either one of the default types, or a custom user type that you have created).
Click the Show more user details link to add further information about this new user. Then click the Save button at the end of the page.
If you would like to fine-tune the rights assigned to this new user, follow the Click here to customize user permissions link on the subsequent page.
Newscoop includes a feature for managing author profiles, which you can find by clicking Manage Authors on the Users menu. Authors do not necessarily have corresponding login accounts on the Newscoop system, but they can still be credited as contributors to articles.
Further information can be saved for each author, using the three tabs on the right-hand side of the page. Multiple author types can be assigned for credits on a particular article, including Writer, Photographer, Editor or Columnist. The Biography tab includes a field for uploading an author photo, while the third tab, Content, tracks any articles associated with the author.