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News: Overview

What it does

The "News" tool uses RSS to bring dynamic news to your worksite. RSS is a data format used to syndicate news on the web. It allows continuously updated content from a remote news site to appear in another web site.

Key concepts

RSS: To set up your worksite to display news, you must specify a URL pointing to an RSS news feed. An RSS news feed is a specially formatted list of news articles. You can find RSS feeds by using an Internet search engine (e.g., Google or Yahoo). Sites that distribute news in RSS format are called "news feeds". The "News" tool is an RSS "news aggregator" (or "news reader") that reads and displays content from RSS news feeds.

Things to consider

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Permissions and Roles

To complete the procedures in this article, you must be assigned a role having the necessary permissions. This often excludes Students and TAs by default. To determine your role and accompanying permissions, follow the directions in Permissions and Roles.

Adding, editing, or deleting a news feed

You can set up a site to display news by entering a URL for an RSS news feed (a specially formatted list of news articles). You can add more than one "News" tool at any time.

Adding a news feed

To add a news feed:

If the site already contains news feeds or web content, you'll see information about existing news and web items here. If there are no blank fields at the bottom of the list to fill in, from the More News Tools? drop-down menu, select the number of news tools you'd like to add.

Deleting a news feed

To delete a news feed, in the left menu, click Site Editor, and then Edit Tools. From the list of tools, uncheck the news feed you wish to delete, and then click Continue. Click Finish to delete your feed.

Viewing or adding a news feed

If your site has a link to a news feed, you will find it in the site's left menu. To view news, click the title of the news feed from the left menu. Depending on how the site owner has set up the feed, you may see News in the left menu, or a more descriptive title, e.g., New York Times, CNN, or Yahoo! News.

The "News" tool in a course or project site is an RSS "news aggregator" (or newsreader) that reads and displays continuously updated online content from RSS news feeds. If you have the necessary permissions, you can customize your site's News feature by adding a web address for any RSS news feed.

In addition to news, some web sites use the RSS format for information that is updated often, such as blogs, events listings, or the revision history of a book. You can usually identify an RSS feed URL by the.xml or .RSS in the URL (e.g., or You can also search the web for RSS feeds pertaining to a certain interest or publication.

If you have the necessary permissions, you can customize your course or project site's "News" feature by adding a web address for any RSS news feed. You can find many feeds by searching Google for RSS feeds in your area of interest or for a particular online publication or news source.

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This article is based on the equivalent Sakai help article created by Indiana University found at:
Additional sources of content include Brock University's Sakai / Isaak Wiki and the University of Florida Sakai / e-Learning Documentation with thanks and appreciation for the collaboration.

All respective sources used are under a free-for-reuse license and additional permission has been obtained.

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