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Template: How to Post News

Here is a quick tutorial on how and what to post on WinBeta. Look at other major sites for a story that is interesting and worth writing about. It has to be Windows related, Windows Beta related, Microsoft related, or Technology related. Pick something that is not too old and follow the template below.

Here are a few sites to check out for news:

Here’s a great suggestion: Get a Twitter account and install MetroTwit or TweekDeck and follow everyone that @WinBetaDotOrg is following. That twitter account follows all the necessary Microsoft sources to give you an edge in breaking news. Just monitor your Twitter account for any new stories and post them as they break.

Lets Start Posting!

Hover over your profile image on the top right of the website. Select “Create Content”. Pick the category of content you are writing. And you will be directed to a page that has the following options:

TITLE: Pick a catchy title. It does not have to be the same as the story you are writing from, you can create your own. Dont make a long title, use something short and sweet and unique. For example:

Hackers access personal government Gmail accounts, Google thinks its from China

Microsoft’s Windows Phone team reflects on 2012, says they “set a new foundation”

TAGS: When adding tags, add only 2 to 4 tags. Separate by comma. Make sure you only add some of the following: Windows 8, Surface, Microsoft, WP8, Office 2013, Xbox, Security, IE10. For example:

Microsoft, Windows 8

BODY: Do NOT click the “Split Summary by Cursor” before typing anything, you don’t need to do this.
In the first paragraph, you will type the summary that will show on the frontpage. Please do not add links in this field. Add two to three sentences summarizing the news post here. For example:

Apparently, hackers in China were able to access personal Google email accounts of senior U.S. Government officials, Chinese political activist, officials from several Asian countries, journalists, military personnel and hundreds of others.

BODY: This is second to fourth paragraph. This is the meat of the story.
1) Begin writing the story in this paragraph. You can write one big fat paragraph with the details of the post or simply split it into multiple paragraphs. Your choice.
2) New paragraph here. Continue writing about the story. Write at least two to three sentences.
3) New paragraph here. Keep writing the rest of the story. If the story is short, end the story at this paragraph. If you need to write more, create a new paragraph.

SOURCE: Add the title and url of the website you used to source your article. This is important and mandatory. We must source properly.

Remember: Each paragraph contains at least two to three sentences, or one long sentence. Writing too small is not good, so take your time and write something good.

Remember: If you have very little to write, don’t worry. You can always integrate two or more stories into one post. Be creative. As long as you source properly, we are fine. You can always add a paragraph into your post about a similar story that was covered a few days earlier, or a week earlier, or a month earlier, this way we can add more “meat” to the post.

INSERT IMAGE: You can upload images that you want displayed INSIDE the news post. Upload them and hit the insert button. This will automatically insert the html code inside your BODY. Place it above the text (at the very top of the body). You can add multiple images and they will automatically be centered in the news post.

DOWNLOAD LINK: If your post has a download link, fill up this field. Other wise, ignore it. If you are posting about a Beta Software, you are required to post a download link.

Click the PREVIEW button, see how it will look. Read over your post and fix any mistakes, then hit SAVE

Here is the final example of the full news post:

Hackers access personal government Gmail accounts, Google thinks its from China

Apparently, hackers in China were able to access personal Google email accounts of senior U.S. Government officials, Chinese political activist, officials from several Asian countries, journalists, military personnel and hundreds of others.

According to the LA Times, Google posted in a blog post that hackers from China were able to access numerous personal email accounts of numerous people including government officials. Google was able to detect and disrupt the attack but could not prevent the hackers from gaining initial access to the accounts. Google did not disclose what information might have been exposed and has yet to release a comment.

Google believes these attacks came from Jinan, which is the capital city of eastern Shandong province. The city is home to Lanxiang Vocational School which supposedly has close ties to the military and has been a source of Chinese hacking.

A ministry spokesman from China, Hong Lei, responded to Google’s allegations and was quoted saying, “Blaming these misdeeds on China is unacceptable. Hacking is an international problem and China is also a victim. The claims of so-called support for hacking are completely unfounded and have ulterior motives.

Google and China have had a rough relationship for a while now. Just last year, Google ignored the Chinese government’s request to censor search results on its Chinese website, google.cn.

The FBI is “working with Google to review this matter.”

Take a look at how posts are written on the front page. You will notice a common trend. There is one large picture and a minimum of 4 paragraphs (each containing a minimum of 2 to 3 sentences). This is important! Also, don’t forget to add the url of the source you wrote from as well as the name of the site. Happy posting!

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