In this edition:

  • Changes coming to Newspack on Monday
  • We’re getting ready to help you with midterm elections
  • We’re testing a simpler way to get readers to subscribe and donate
  • Get our meetings on your calendar

We’re changing the donation block, as you asked

Several of you have asked if we can make the donation block more flexible in terms of the one-time, monthly and annual amounts that are suggested. We’ve now done that, and we’ve given you the ability to choose which options to offer at all.

Previously, the Reader Revenue wizard and Donate blocks only allowed you to set the monthly values; the single and annual values were calculated from the monthly. All can now be set individually.

You can also turn on the “tiered” toggle to offer a range of suggestions at every level — or even toggle off a level if you find it’s not used, such as the annual donation.

Other changes coming in Monday’s release:

Remember how we told you recently that we removed the Full-Site Editing blocks that were either inferior to our own Newspack blocks or redundant? We’ve decided to make them available on a case-by-case basis for some special uses that we’ve found. Drop a note in the Slack help channel if you need any. As a reminder, they are single blocks that display:

  • Login/Out
  • Post Comments Form
  • Comments Query Loop
  • Query Loop
  • Posts List
  • Post Title
  • Post Featured Image
  • Post Excerpt
  • Post Content
  • Post Tags
  • Post Categories
  • Post Date
  • Post Author
  • Previous and Next Post links
  • Read More
  • Avatar
  • Post Author Biography
  • Archive title
  • Term Description

Broadstreet ads will now be scaled down to fit the viewport, if necessary. If you’re a Broadstreet customer and not seeing the ads resize as you adjust the window size, let us know.

Sponsors can now be configured to show both the “sponsored” flag and categories; both an author byline and the sponsor attribution; and underwriter info can be at the top or bottom of the post.

We’re getting ready to help you with election coverage

In preparation for the 2022 mid-term elections in the U.S., we’ll be distributing a survey shortly asking if you expect to feature live election coverage on your site on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

For those who are new to Newspack, we take special care to ensure that your sites can handle additional traffic on Election Day – including unexpected traffic spikes. And we want to ensure that we understand any special requirements you may have.

So keep an eye out for the survey.

We’re also in contact with the Associated Press and hope to offer the same highly discounted package of live election results that we offered in 2020. More to come on that front.

Our reader-activation project is ready for testing

At next week’s publisher meeting, we will preview a beta test we’re planning to launch with about 10 sites in mid-August to experiment with a new approach to what we’re calling “reader activation” – registration, newsletter signup and donation.

The long and the short of it is we’re developing a way to vastly simplify audience segmentation and the placement of calls-to-action, with the goal of driving industry-leading results. 

Join us for a preview and learn more about the wider rollout of this effort. Join us here at 11 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday. The next item down will let you get all the meetings on your calendar.

Get our regularly scheduled meetings on your calendar with a couple of clicks

We have a meeting every other Tuesday at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. This is for publishers and developers to get together, but it is by no means mandatory. Most of the meeting is turned over to guest speakers for professional development, or to one of our team members to highlight a major change to the Newspack platform. We use this meeting to update you on business and product developments, as well.

The next meeting is July 26.

And here’s a handy way to get them all on your calendar:

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We also hold a 30-minute How To session each Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. We offer a quick look at one topic, block, feature or other useful maneuver. You can see how these work by going here for or small-but-growing library of videos. The password is ilovenews

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