Help Submitting News
Anatomy of the Submission Form
You can use commas, apostrophes, quotes, hyphens/dashes, and other typical symbols in the post like “My Post – Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid.”
Note: the Excerpt does not usually appear by default (most department websites are like this). The newsroom site is different and it will show up at the very top of the news post as well.
No one likes to read writing that never pauses for a line break. To break your writing up into paragraphs, use double spaces between your paragraphs. WordPress will automatically detect these and insert
HTML paragraph tags into your writing.
Spell Check and Proofread
There are spell check Plugins available, but even those can’t check for everything. Some serious writers will write their posts in a text editor with spell check, check all the spelling, and proof it thoroughly before copying and pasting into WordPress.
Use descriptive file names for your images
Instead of saving your images as ‘DSC00434.jpeg,’ you should rename them before uploading to the newsroom website. Think of the keywords that search engines and users will type in to find that particular image.
Be more specific and descriptive in your image file names. For example, ‘dr-jones-at-abcd-conference-may-2019.jpeg’ is better than just ‘dr-jones.jpeg.’
Search engines are getting smarter every day. They can recognize and categorize images quite well. However, they need you to provide context to the image. Captions will allow you to provide additional details for an image to all your users. They are visible on the screen right under the photo for all users including search engines and screen readers.
Use descriptive captions just like you did for the file name. For example, instead of just ‘Professor Jones’ use ‘Professor Jones at the annual ABCD conference in May of 2019.’