Story

Learn about creating different kinds of stories, adding story elements, using cards in a story, story transition, publishing, and more.

Creating a New Story

Using the Content Tab

You can create a new story by using one of the following methods:

  • From Workspace or Planner, click New icon and select a story type.
  • From Planner, under Stories, click Add New Story and select a story type.

Result: The New Story page opens.

  1. Enter information at the mandatory fields, commonly Title, Subtitle, and image.

Note

Elements can be configured to show or hide, and set to be mandatory.

Adding Card

  1. To add a new card, click the green plus icon on the lower left corner. Result: An empty card is added.

Note

It is mandatory to have one card in a story. You can add multiple cards to a story. 

Adding an Element

To add elements in a card, perform the following steps:

  1. Move the cursor to the left margin of the new card. Result: A plus icon to add a new element appears over the card.
  2. Click the icon to add new element, then hover over the element list, and select the required element. Result: An new empty element is added to the new card.
  3. Fill content in new element as required.

You can also perform the following actions:

  • To add another element above or below the current element, hover over to the top or bottom of the element.
  • To add an element in between a element, add a line break, hover towards the line break.
  • If you want to delete a element, click on the delete icon located on the upper right corner of the element.

Note

The editor saves a story automatically every 10 seconds. Alternately, you can click the save icon. Also, the editor checks the content for spelling errors. You can correct or add a new word by right clicking on the word.

Other Features of a Card

You can reorder, delete, and collapse a card. Use the icons on the upper right corner of each card.

  • To reorder any card, click the up or down icon.
  • To delete a card, click the delete icon.
  • To collapse a card, click the minimize icon.
  • You can share comments at each element by using the clicking on the comment icon (Start a Conversation) over the upper right corner of an element.

Previewing a Story

To preview how a story appears in the website, perform the following steps:

1. Click on the preview icon from the top. Result: The preview window opens.

2. In the preview window select the preview mode as iPhone, tablet, or laptop from the right hand side.

Note

The Content and the Metadata tab displays the count of words and the average time to read the story.

3. Optionally, you can preview the homepage of the website by clicking on Home from the top left corner.

Using the Metadata Tab

You can use this tab to set information such as author, tags, sections and, so on.

The fields are configurable at Admin > Configure > Templates.

  1. To enable sharing all the cards within the story (on social media) select Enable card share for all cards checkbox.

Note

Disable this option if you do not want all the cards to be shared by default, in social media. You can share individual cards by selecting Card Sharing from the card settings icon.

Note

“Enable card share for all cards” checkbox is disabled if Card Level Share is turned off. Card Level Share can be changed at Admin > Configure > General > Features.

Other common fields are as follows:

  • Author: Enter another author’s name.
  • Tags: Enter the relevant tags.
  • Sections: Enter the sections the story is associated with. The first section out of multiple, is referred to as the primary section.
  • Sponsored Content: Enable the checkbox if the story contains sponsored content. Enter the sponsor's name and the sponsored content URL.
  • Custom URL: Enter a custom URL in case of non-English stories.
  • Canonical URL: Enter the preferred URL for search engine optimization.

Using the Story Attributes Tab

You can use this tab to set values for each attribute.

The attribute names and the possible values are set at Admin > Settings > Attributes tab.

  1. Enter the value for each attribute that is relevant to the current story.

Using the Alternatives Tab

You can use this tab to enter an alternate headline and image.

If Alternative Headline And Image toggle is turned on at Admin > Configure > Features tab, the Alternatives tab is displayed.

Perform the following steps to create an alternate headline:

  1. Enter a new headline in Home Page Headline. The character limitation is 66.
  2. Select a new image from Choose Hero Image.

Using the Social Notifications Tab

You can use this tab to set notification text for the website or mobile, or both when the story is published.

To set notifications on social media, perform the following steps:

  1. Enter the notification text in Push Notification Text.
  2. Select Web Notification checkbox to enable notification on the website.
  3. Select Mobile Notification checkbox to enable notification on mobile phone.
  4. Click + ADD SOCIAL MEDIA NOTIFICATION to add messages to be shared on social media at the time when the story is published, or at a specified date and time.
  5. Enter the notification text in Auto Publish Message.
  6. Optionally, select Schedule, select a date and time, and click Save Schedule.
  7. Optionally, select the social media accounts.
  8. Click + ADD SOCIAL MEDIA NOTIFICATION to add another notification.

Using the SEO Tab

You can use this tab to create Search Engine Optimization keywords.

The fields such as Meta Title, Meta Description, and Meta Keywords are configured at Admin > Configure > Templates. Add Claim Review is displayed if the Claim Review is set at Admin > Configure > General > Features.

To set the SEO values, perform the following steps:

1. Enter the SEO metadata in Meta Title, Meta Description, and Meta Keywords.

  • Meta Title: The title of the story that appears on the search engine results page and is used by search engine to crawl.
  • Meta Description: The text that appears below the title of the story on search engine results page and is used by search engine to crawl.
  • Meta Keywords: The keywords that describe the story and is used by search engine to crawl.

2. Select Standout (0 stories for past 7 days) to enable the story to appear as featured content for the specified number of days.

3. Set Add ClaimReview to On and enter the following information: Summary of the Claim, URL of Referred Article, Publisher of Referred Article, Date of Publishing, and Review Rating.

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Story Types Description

You can create different types of stories. Each story type provides a template containing a different set of fields. It is mandatory to add at least one card and add at least one story element to it.

The following story types are available:

  • Blank: Provides a generic template to create text stories.
  • Breaking News: Provides a template to create a breaking news or news flash and add the related story. Breaking News are also ready to be published, without taking it through the review workflow.
  • External Story: Provides a template to add an external story.
  • Interview: Provides a template to create a set of questions and answers.
  • Listicle: Provides a template to add a list of items and images.
  • Live Blog: Provides a template to create live reports of an event.
  • Photo Story: Provides a template to create a list of photos.
  • Recipe: Provides a template to create a recipe, add multiple ingredients and their quantity.
  • Review: Provides a template to create a review and add a rating.
  • Send a Push Notification: Provides a template to create a notification and add the related story. A Push Notification can be either for the web or on the mobile, or both. Push Notifications are ready to be published, without taking it through the review workflow.
  • Story Collection: Provides a template to create story collection, add stories and other collection to a collection, sort stories within a collection, and so on.
  • Story Listicle: Provides a template to create a story having a list of stories.
  • Video: Provides a template to add multiple videos.

Note

To add other story types contact Quintype Support.

Card Sharing 

You can share all cards, or one or more cards from a story at a social media page. You can also disable the card sharing feature, which hides all card sharing functions from the interface.

Card sharing for all cards

To share all cards in a story, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the required story.
  2. Click the Metadata tab, and select Enable card share for all cards. Result: The title, hero image, and the social share message is displayed, by default.

To disable card sharing in a story, disable the Enable card share for all cards checkbox.

Sharing individual cards

If the Enable card share for all cards checkbox is disabled, no cards are shared by default. However, you can enable individual cards for sharing. To share a card, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to the required card.
  2. Click the settings icon on the upper right corner of the card. Result: Card Sharing tab opens on the card.
  3. Ensure that Card Sharing toggle button is on.
  4. Enter a headline for the card. By default, the story title is added.
  5. Optionally, select a card image.
  6. Enter a Social Share Message.
  7. To exit, click on the settings icon.

Disabling the Card Sharing Feature

To disable card sharing, perform the following steps

  1. Go to the required card.
  2. Click the settings icon on the upper right corner of the card. Result: Card Sharing tab opens on the card.
  3. Set the Card Sharing toggle button to off.

Story Publish Notifications

You can receive notification upon a story publish.

To receive notification on story publish, perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to Admin > Configure.
  2. Under Features, turn the Email on Story Publish toggle button on.

States of a Story

The most commonly used states of a story review cycle are Open, Needs Approval, Approved, Published, and Rejected. You can move a story from one state to another from the story editor. The following set of permissions allows you to make the state changes: story-submit, story-approve, story-publish, story-reject, story-retract, and story-schedule.

Note

To have new states added, contact Quintype support.

Following are the state description:

  • Open: Story is in Open state when you create it. Stories in any state can be changed to Open.
  • Needs Approval: A story is in Needs Approval when you submit for review. A story can move to either Approved or Rejected from Needs Approval.
  • Approved: Once reviewed a story is in Approved state. From Approved a story can be moved to either Published, Rejected, or Open.
  • Published: A published story is available on the website. A published story can be moved back to Open. In that case the story is not available on the website. However, if you edit a story in published state, without Retracting, it moves back to Open as a new version. The older version, however, is still available on the website.
  • Rejected: A story comes to Rejected state either from Needs Approval or Approved. To moved it back to Open, you can Redraft the story.
  • Scheduled: A story can move from Approved to Scheduled when you set a time to publish. You can reschedule the publication or cancel the publication. Upon cancellation, the story moves back to Approved.

State Transitions

The possible transitions between states are described in the table below:

Current State Path1 Path2 Path3
Open Submit
Needs Approval Approve Reject Retract
Approved Publish/Schedule Publish Reject Retract
Published Retract
Scheduled Modify Schedule Cancel Publish
Rejected Retract Redraft

Creating and Editing an Idea

You can create a new idea to save one with a title and a label. You can develop a story from the saved idea.

To add a new idea, perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to Planner > Stories.
  2. Click Add New Idea.
  3. Enter a title in IDEA.
  4. Select an option from Labels.
  5. Click Save Idea.

Editing a Saved Idea

To edit an idea, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the idea from Planner > Stories > New Idea.
  2. To change the idea fields, complete one or more of the following options:
  • To update the idea title, enter a new title in IDEA.
  • To update the label, select an option from Labels.
  • To add a comment, enter text in comment field and click on the submit button.
  1. Click Save Idea. Result: The updated idea is displayed in the Planner panel under New Ideas.

Note

To save a comment, ensure that you click the submit button.

Promoting an Idea to a Story

A saved idea contains a title for a story, creator name, and comments to begin with, but does not contain a story. To begin creating a story you must change its state.

To promote an idea to a story, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Planner tab, click on the idea under New Idea. Result: Idea pane is opened.
  2. (Optional) In IDEA, enter a new idea name.
  3. (Optional) Select a label from Labels drop-down.
  4. (Optional) Enter a comment and click on the submit comment button (arrow).
  5. Click Promote to Story. Result: New fields appear on the dialog box.
  6. Select an author from the Assignees drop-down list.
  7. Optionally, add a Label and set a Deadline.
  8. Click Save Story to save the changes. Result: The idea moved to Not Started column.
  9. To begin a story, click Start Story. Result: The dialog box to select a story type appears.

Creating a New Story Version

A new story version is created when you edit a story from the published state. You can have multiple versions of a story, however, you cannot move back to an older version or open an older version.

To create a new version, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to Planner or Workspace, and open the required story from the Published column or tab.
  2. Try to edit the story. Result: A dialog box opens withe the following message: “Are you sure? Editing a story would create a new version of the same story.”
  3. Click YES, LET ME EDIT. (Clicking TAKE ME BACK cancels the edit attempt) Result: The story moves to the open state.

Note

You can view the workflow of a story from the activity log, which appears on the upper right corner.