In this edition:

  • Preview scheduled and draft posts in Homepage Posts and Carousel block
  • We’ve made sure ads behave in columns blocks
  • Catch up with Tuesday’s publishers call
  • Recent site launches
  • Get our meetings on your calendar

Changelog: Preview scheduled and draft posts

Newspack prides itself on showing a solid display of “what you see is what you get” in the back-end editor. And now we’re expanding and letting you see into the future.

When using the Homepages Posts or Post Carousel blocks, you’ll find a new panel in the block settings on the right, near the bottom, that lets you display draft posts, scheduled posts or both:

These posts will now show up in the block with a yellow flag that gives their status. Here’s a Homepage Posts block showing stories in a list.

And this is a look at the new flags in the Post Carousel block.

This should make it easier to envision your page for the next morning, with the scheduled posts in place. And you can also experiment with drafts before turning them loose in the wild.

Ads fall into place with the Column block

We’ve made changes to ensure that ads served through Google Ad Manager will respect the size of the column into which they’re placed.

For instance, if you divide a typical 1200-pixel-wide homepage into three even columns, each will be a bit smaller than 400 pixels wide, accounting for the spaces between columns.

Ad Manager will only serve ads that fit in this width, such as a 300×250 standard rectangle ad. This is critical for times when you have multiple sizes of an ad available, and some are wider than a column.

So it’s easier to create a mid-page presentation of three ads in three columns similar to this, from our colleagues at India Currents:

We hope this provides you with more options for your advertising.

Publishers call featured a State of Newspack-style summary

Thanks to the more than 65 publishers who were able to attend our every-other-week Tuesday publishers and developers call. Kinsey filled us in on a variety of things, including the macro — with news from a recent Knight Foundation gathering of organizations and companies serving independent publishers — and the closer to home — with a look at Newspack’s future development.

For those who couldn’t make it in person, here’s a recording of the call.

We’ll see you again on the June 14 call.

171st Newspack newsroom launched
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Congratulations to newsroom leaders on your launches in the recent weeks.

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 June 14.

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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