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 through your BLOX CMS admin (for more information see Ticket Workspace) or by going to Customer Support. Or you can call 800-293-9576.

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BLOX Syndication allows you to pull in content from other BLOX CMS Sites, the Associated Press, ReutersYouTube Videos, and Field59, as well as subscribe to RSS / ATOM feeds.

Accessing Editorial / Syndication

From the dropdown in the the upper left choose Editorial / Syndication (Not sure how to access BLOX Applications? Click here).

Syndication Workspace

The Syndication Workspace is divided into five sections:  

1 Channel: Channel is a dropdown in the upper left that shows all of the Channels that are created in Application Settings. To learn about creating each Channel Type see: BLOX CMS siteAssociated Press, ReutersYouTube videos, and Field59, and RSS / ATOM. There are different Search Terms based on the Channel you are searching.

2 Search Terms: Search terms allows you to narrow your search by keyword(s) and other criteria depending on channel type you are searching.

3 Saved Searches: Saved searches allows you to save custom search queries for future use. These searches can also be shared with others.

4 Search Results: Search Results displays the results of the search created from combining a channel and the Search Terms.

5 Application Settings: Applications Settings is where you create a new channel (Channels), and set up a function that allows imported assets to be automatically pushed to Editorial / Assets. The Settings in the uppermost right corner of the screen allows those with CMS Manager rights to establish the Channels to be syndicated and to determine the content import settings. For more information on the Application Settings within the Syndication Workspace, please see Syndication Application Settings

Associated Press Search Terms

Associated Press is a widely common used Syndication Channel and it has additional Search Terms to help you find AP content.


1  Channel:  Select the Associated Press channel option. The applicable Search Terms will automatically populate below.

2  Reset / Search:  Use these to either reset your search to the default options or use Search to execute another search.

3  Search Text:  Perform a search based on text-based keywords. You can also use an Asterisk (*) as a wildcard. If you want to search based on a Slug, use slug_en:AP*. Note that a Slug search field is being developed but its not ready for release (as of 11/28/17). It is, however, available on BLOX Total CMS Appliance.

4  Slug:  Search based on a Slug name. An asterisk (*) can be used as a 'wild card' at any point in the string to search on (e.g. 20180131-nws*).

5  Type:  Two types of assets come in via an AP feed; Article and related child image assets. You filter your search for either.

6  Categories:  These include Newspaper Industry Standards ANPA, as well as AP Online, and Entitlements.

7  Entitlement:  Enter the Entitlement you want to search on. These would be Entitlements you are likely pulling from the AP Newsdesk.

8  Start Date:  Search based on a Date Range for Start (publish) Dates. Assets come in and are automatically added to Editorial Assets as a link. You also can click on Add To Site on the Article asset and set the publish/start date.

9  Creation Date:  Search based on a Date Range for when the Assets first came into via the AP Feed.

10  Modification Date:  Search based on a Date Range for when the Assets were modified.

11  Print Only:  This filters between assets that are set to Print Only and those that aren't. This is only available on the BLOX Total CMS Hosted solution platform.


AP Image Assets (including Child Assets of Articles) import with a Slug. The Slug is related to how AP names the Image. Therefore, AP Web-Feed Manager (WFM) is being removed. Sites that have not updated their AP Channel(s) will not work. Any site affected by this will need to remove their existing AP Feed and setup a new one. For more information on the announcement of this, see the Appliance OS 2.15.0 Release.

If you need assistance in setting up a new AP Feed, Click Here or contact the Customer Service Team - (800) 293-9576.

Channel is a drop down in the upper left that shows all of the Channels that are created in Application Settings. It is used with Search Terms, by choosing the channel you want to search, then moving on to Search Terms to narrow your search further.

NOTE: To learn about creating each Channel Type see: BLOX CMS siteAssociated Press, ReutersYouTube videos, and Field59, and RSS / ATOM.


Search Terms

Search Terms allows you to narrow your search by keyword(s), and other criteria depending on the channel type. These criteria can be used individually or together. The Search Terms also vary based on the Channel you are using to base your search on.

Click Search when the appropriate criteria has been entered, or Reset to clear the Search.

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 YouTube searches will allow you to employ a safe search option. The three choices are none, moderate (default), and strict

YouTube safe search

Saved Searches

Saved Searches allows you to save custom search queries for future use. Saved Searches can be set up as your default search so that those search parameters load everytime you go to Editorial / Syndication. You can also share your saved searches so that other members of your staff can make use of them.

To create a saved search, enter the desired criteria in the Search terms , click Search.  After ensuring that the search locates the desired assets, click Add from the top of the Saved searches.

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Search Results

Search Results displays the results of the search created from combining a channel and the Search Terms.

You can edit selected assets in Search Results or add them directly to your site from this interface. This copies a selected asset into the Editorial Asset workspace according to criteria set in the Application Settings. View and Add to Site can also be selected from a contextual menu by right clicking on a chosen asset from within the Search Results.

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The columns in the Search Results display the Type (link or article), TitleStatusCategory, and the asset's Start date/time. If a syndicated asset has already been copied into the Editorial / Assets workspace a newspaper icon  displays in the Status column.

NOTE: The Last Run Time is set for when the job starts, this prevents assets that get added between when the job runs and setting the checkpoint from slipping through the cracks.

Editing a Syndicated Asset

A syndicated asset has the some of the editing options that a standard editorial asset of the same type has.

Flags, Section Tags, and Keyword Tags can be auto populated based on options setup in the Channel, or in the Importer.

If an asset has the Slug field filled out, that information will be passed along during syndication. Once the asset has been passed, you can then edit the field. 

Adding a Syndicated Asset

Manually add up to 25 assets at once.

Syndication and Workflow

If you are using Workflows as part of your process, you can control who can allow an asset to be syndicated on the originating site. For more information, see Workflows Settings.

Before you manually add an asset on your site, you can choose which workflow to assign it to. This is found under the other properties panel. 

Syndication Workflows