associated press (beta) - create channel - syndication - editorial

NOTE: To work with this BLOX application you will need to be granted access in Settings / Users / Groups. If you do not see this application in the drop-down in the upper-left of your BLOX CMS desktop, or for more information about groups and getting access to different parts of your BLOX CMS admin please see Groups - Recommendations / Best Practices. The site administrator at your location should be able to grant you access, or you can contact TownNews Customer Support by submitting a ticket by going to TownNews.com Customer Support. Or you can call 800-293-9576.


You will need to be part of the Syndication Manager group.


Note: The only asset types that will syndicate are articles, images, collections, audio (.mp3), html, link, video (.mp4), and YouTube

Note: Poll assets do NOT syndicate. This happens because each new vote on the poll would trigger an update.

Note: Presentation mode is now copied during syndication. This means galleries and specialty stories can be shared in the content exchange without losing their presentations.

Note: In order for related content items to syndicate both the source and destination sites must configure the exact same related content styles. This setting can be found in Editorial / Assets under the settings panel Related content styles. For more information see Assets Application Settings

For example, if the source site had a related content style called Today in History, you will need to ensure that the destination site has an equivalent style called Today in History in order for that box of information to be transferred.


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blox cms - create channel - syndication - editorial

Name: This is a required field for all channel types.

Log Verbosity Level: This is a required field for all channel types.

Workflow: This field is available on all fields except Reuters. This is not a required field.

Domain name: The domain name of the BLOX CMS site you want to get content from. This field is required.

Webservice key: A webservice key given to you by the owner of the above domain name. This field is required.

Webservice secret: A webservice secret given to you by the owner of the above domain name. This field is required.

Custom properties: Allows the system to Ignore or Import the custom properties attached to the story on the originating site.

Default source: Name of the agency which generated the content being imported. Set on assets which are not already declaring a source.


Setting up the Originating Site

You will need to receive a webservice key and secret key from the Originating site (site content is coming from). If you have received the webservice key and secret key you can go to Setting up the destination site. If you have access to the Originating see How do I set up a Webservice key.

You need to set up a Wire module.

These keys will go into Webservice key and secret fields during setup.


Best Practice: You should set up a different Webservice Key and Secret for every paper you are sharing information with. If at a future point you need to break the syndication link you only need to remove that Webservice Key, not reissue keys to everyone else.