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Add cover art

In Online media on 7 Sep 2017 at 3:49 pm

The most visually pleasing new addition to the TownNews platform, to my mind, is something called “cover art.”

Log in to TN and open an article asset. Do you see cover art there, next to the line with body copy and so on? Click that bad boy.

From there, it’s pretty self-explanatory, but it helps to play with it a bit so you understand what works and how the photo ultimately interacts with text.

First, think about a photo that might work well on a vertical mobile screen. Click change and upload a file just as you would upload any photo to your list of assets. Now, look at design options. The effects are fun. Who doesn’t love the easy movement created by the “Ken Burns effect?” (If you’ve ever seen one of Burns’ documentaries you will instantly recognize the effect.)

Next, play around with the headline backgrounds. I found the background box serves to set the headline apart from a busy photo. But it may not be necessary for you.

This looks particularly awesome on mobile. Play with it then look at it on your phone. I bet you love it. And if you love it, readers will as well.



Now just drag and drop

In Design on 11 Jul 2013 at 2:39 pm

drag and drop

Those of us using TownNews for our CMS will want to take note of a cool new feature that might prove useful. As you know, you have been able to collect photos, video, audio, and other media and place it in the shoulder of your stories. Now you can drag and drop media directly into stories and place that related content right where you want it.

Why would you want to do that? Well, consider, for instance a live blog approach to the news. Maybe you are covering a developing flood and doing it with a tick-tock approach. You want to show emergency crews showing up at 1 a.m. and then people evacuating further down in your story. Or maybe you want to add a video at the point in which the football coach mentions the catch that won the game.

Here’s a blog link from TownNews explaining the technique. There is an accompanying video that was all-but too fast for me to follow.

One caveat. When I tried it, I couldn’t use the “find assets” button under related content. It only worked when I added new media assets as I was updating my story.