Websites present News to people. This can be in the form of Web Pages, begging the question "what is the point of a news Article" object type? It is true that you can simply type content into a web page - and give it the title "News". But News Item objects are "more intelligent" than web pages. They can be connected to Social Media profiles, News Feeds (RSS), Email shares and XPOR shares. News Articles are a powerful way to spread the News!
News Items can be created on the front of the web site, on the web page you have configured with your News listing atom. Alternatively they can be created directly in your administration system, as children of the required News Channel. Either way, you will be presented with a form to add the title, abstract and body of your News Item, including an Image.
Here is where you set the URL for the News Item. This is how the tab appears.
If you have setup the URL mappings on the News Channel then the URL will have been automatically generated for you.
When adding an URL you will set the template for the page which will most likely be a News Item template created for this purpose. You will also decide if this is the default URL for this News Item. Once set the new URL will appear in the grid seen above. The On Website column shows the website that the template comes from.
Once these have all been set the News Item is ready to be published. The Publish options are viewable on the Details tab, in the "Publishing" section.
You can either publish straight away, or you can set the article to be published at a certain time (auto-publish).
Auto-publishing a News Item will also automatically publish the News Article to any of the Social Sharing platforms that are connected to the News Channel where the News Item is being published from.