Making a Newsphere Timeline #

If you don’t have an account you’ll need to register one.

Start by logging in from the Home page. After log-in you’ll be taken to the newsroom.

On the left panel is a graphical representation of some topics in the news.

Clicking on different topics will auto-generate a timeline of news stories related to the two selected topics.

For example, if you have the COVID-19 node as your central topic (as in the above example) and then selected “New Mexico”, you’ll then be presented with the following timeline of events for COVID-19 in New Mexico.

Article Details
Hovering over articles on the timeline will provide more info on each. Clicking on one will let you save it or visit the full article. For more info on the timeline visit the newsroom

Now we can save this timeline to our library by clicking “save link” in the lower left corner. Now, let’s design our timeline.

Step 2: Making the timeline #

First, we’ll need to visit the studio page.

Instead of making a blank timeline, we can just load a link from our library. You can do this by selecting the “links” tab and then selecting the link we just saved:

Now we have our basic timeline. While we could publish it as-is, there are a few changes we’ll want to make first. To set a title and description, click on the title of the new timeline. You should see the following pop-up:

Just enter in a title and a description, and click “update info”. If you’d like to remove an article from your timeline, just click on it and then hit the delete icon. You can also add articles you’ve saved from the “Articles” tab.

Timelines can also include annotations, which you can create from the “Annotations” tab.

Step 3: Publishing the timeline #

Once you’re satisfied with your timeline, you can publish it in a variety of forms.

First, you’ll need to save your timeline via the “Timeline” tab, and give it a unique ID.

Exporting as CSV #

If you’d like to use a different software to publish your final timeline design, simply export it as a .csv file. This file will include the following parameters for each article:

  • Article description
  • Article title
  • Publication date
  • Article URL
  • Image URL

Publishing as HTML #

You can also embed your timeline directly into your own articles and posts via HTML. Selecting this option will provide you with an IFrame element which renders your timeline for readers on desktop and mobile devices. To see examples of what this would look like, check out the Demos page.

Publishing as PNG #

Finally, you can publish your timeline as a simple PNG image.