Creating Extra News Content

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The News Content Type has been redesigned and extended to include new page elements to build richer, interactive features, including:

  • an interactive map
  • factoids
  • slideshows
  • grouped quotes

These features are actually containers for other content:

  • Maps are a collection of locations
  • Slideshows are a collection of slides
  • Factoids are colloction of data
  • Grouped quotes show the name and photo from Person along with a quote, video or soundclip

Existing content can be reused or, in most cases, new content created right from this interface.

These new features are currently not available for news on departmental sites, but will be made available with the redesign of those sites.

This new section of content types, called Page Elements, is located right below Journal citations.

Node is the CMS terminology for unique piece of content. Here, if you elect to use an existing piece of content, be cautious about editing it any further as that changes the original content, e.g, a map, and that affects it wherever it is being used across the site. Conversely, if you own that map, you only need to edit the one map to update it anywhere it is used on the site.

Interactive map:

An interactive map can help visualize locations by showing information about different locations as well as the address. It gives users a clearer image of where some places are such as when going on a tour of the campus. There are many existing maps. Add one and be done!

If a new map is needed, you  can either use existing locations or create the locations that will be included in the map. Most popular locations around campus and  in New York are already listed, please check to see if yours is by typing in the location name and seeing whether it already appears in the dropdown menu, or using the Find content page and filtering for type = location.

To create a location:

  • Go to Add content in the toolbar
  • Select Location
  • Enter the name, longitude and latitude of the location
    » finding coordinates on Google maps
  • Enter an editorial section
  • Click save

To add locations to a map:

  • In page elements, select Admissions Location as the Content type.
  • Enter a name for the map in title and the corresponding editoral section. The title is only used for identification and will not appear on the actual page.
  • Choose the locations desired by typing in the name and selecting from a dropdown menu.
  • To add more locations, click Add another item.

Make sure the status is marked as published.


A slideshow contains different images that can be easily flipped through. This feature is linked to a separate element called slideshow, which means you can use pre-existing slideshows that have already been created in the Barnard database. If the slideshow does not already exist, it has to be created separately. The controls on the slideshow interface don't apply to slideshows placed via Page Elements. These slideshows will always, be the full page width, play automatically and have the controls showing. 

There is a separate field for slideshows on news and other pages. There are specific control options in the slideshow interface that will apply to those, and those slideshows appear at the top of the page after the page title. This is different from Page Elements Slideshow.

To create a non-existing slideshow:

  • Go to Add content in the toolbar
  • Select Slideshow
  • Enter the title. The title is only used for identification and will not appear on the actual page.
  • Add photos to the slideshow through Slides
  • Enter an editorial section
  • Click save

For more information, visit this page to learn how to add individual slides. 

To add a slideshow to News:

  • In page elements, select Slideshow as content type. 
  • Enter the corresponding name for the slideshow
  • Add the corresponding editoral section.
  • Add slides by typing in the name of the slideshow.
  • Click save

Make sure the status is marked as published.


Factoids are can be used to enhance the presentation of statistics. They hold numbers and words that can be represented visually. All of the information stored here can be created within this interface.

To add a factoid:

  • In page elements, select Admissions Factoid as content type.
  • Enter a name for the factoids in title and the corresponding editorial section. The title is only used for identification and will not appear on the actual page.
  • Only four factoids can be added at a time.
  • For each factoid, there needs to be a corresponding statistic as well as description.
  • Enter a statistic, which is normally a number value. The statistic will appear up in the blue bubble (shown below)
  • Add a description related to the statistic. The description will appear below the blue bubble.
  • Add a superscript (optional). This will appear next to the value placed in the “Statistic” field as a superscript in all-caps.
  • It is encouraged not to add more than 7 characters total for the statistic and statistic superscript otherwise the whole text will not fit in the bubble.


Make sure the status is marked as published.

Grouped quotes:

Grouped quotes hold quotations that can be shown in a box where the user can hover over a name and the corresponding quote is shown. This feature references the Person content type, which holds the name of the person who said the quote. The person must first be added into the Barnard database in order to be quoted.

To add a person:

  • In the toolbar, select Add content
  • Select Person
  • Enter the name of the person
  • Enter an editorial section
  • Optionally, enter the person's association with Barnard
  • Add a photo
  • Click save

To add grouped quotations:

  • In Page elements, select Admissions Grouped Student Quotes as content type.
  • Enter a name for the grouped quotes in title and the corresponding editorial section. The title is only used for identification and will not appear on the actual page.
  • The grouped quotes can only hold four separate quotations, so if necessary another block of grouped quotes can be added
  • Enter the name of the person in Person
  • The quotation can be entered into the Quote section without quotation marks.
  • Add a video or SoundCloud URL if applicable - use the "share" links

The corresponding quotes will appear in the same order created (shown below). The blue highlighted name on the left hand side is the name of the person who's quote is appearing on the right hand side. The quote itself will wrap to the full space after about 377 characters, or 7 lines.

Make sure the status is marked as published.

Placing the new Page Elements anywhere:

These news contents will automatically appear in the order that they are created under the body paragraph but these elements can also be placed anywhere on the page by using tokens. A token is a line of code that refers to that specific element. If you want to switch the order or incorporate it into different paragraphs, you have to type in [page-elements:type of content] into the body section. 

The tokens are as follows:

[ page-element:grouped-quotes ]

[ page-element:slideshow ]

[ page-element:locations ]

[ page-element:factoids ]

*but without spaces in between the brackets and text

For example:

If there is more than one of the same type of element, the token will need to include the ID number of the element. To get the ID, one can click on “Add existing node” in the “Page Elements” field and type in all or part of the name. This will bring up a list of matching content. Find the desired node. The number to the right is its ID number. 

For example: If there were mulitple factoids, and you were to call the second factoid in the list of page elements in a specific location, add its ID number to the end of the token.  Ex: [ page-element:factoids:71230 ]


  • Use judiciously. One or two elements enhance a story, using more generally causes confusion.
  • When naming people, add the graduation year (if applicable) in case there are multiple people with the same name.
  • Be sure to check whether a location exists on the map before creating one
  • To find already existing content, use "Find Content" (in the gray toolbar), and filter for the type of content, e.g., Location to see all locations that have already been created, or Admissions Location to see maps that have already been created.