WHAT IS SNOWMAGEDDON?Snowmageddon is a breaking news and event template prototype that serves as a landing page for all of your coverage.It’s meant to be easy and quick to setup and update as the event changes.The template pulls in content from you as well as user generated content.
HOW IT WORKS Hosted on the DS servers Able to handle a larger number of requests. Page auto-refreshes so users are up to date. Lightweight: Site includes HTML, CSS, Config file and JS files. Easy to use: Config file allows you to change branding, event information and content on the page. You’re given access to the DS servers to send updates to the file.
HOW IT WORKS Config file controls: Slider Images Station Name Event Name Listen Live Link Support/Donate Link Breaking News Label Breaking News Content Support Email Google Analytics ID API Updated Story Instagram Feeds
HOW IT WORKS Staf f updates the following: Before event: Config File Branding Event name Map Instagram #hashtags Story IDs Picasa ID Picasa (to pre-fill the slideshow) During event: Core Publisher stories Main story Breaking news bar Config File Instagram #hashtags Event name (if needed) Picasa
BRANDINGBuilt-In Logo & Favicon ColorsConfig Changes Station name Event name Support email Listen live button link Support button link
IMAGES Station Generated Picasa slideshow API driven UGC Instagram images based on #hashtags related to the event EX: #Boston, #WBGHSnow
CONTENT Main story and breaking news ticker are backed by the NPR API. Drop the story IDs and API key into the config file then the story and ticker will appear on the template. Staf f updates story and breaking news section in Core Publisher. Page auto-refreshes for the most recent version.
MAPS Live Radar Update config file with URL for your location from wunderground.com Traffic Update config file with URL for your location from mapquest.com
MORE CONTENTTwitter Create a Twitter List of resources that you’d like your readers to have and we’ll add the widget to the page.
MORE CONTENTRSS We’ll build the feed into the page. Ask yourself: What else do your readers need to know? What do you want to highlight? MTBA updates School closures
MOBILE FEATURESMobile Weather Created so that your mobile users have quicker access to weather besides the map. Update the RSS link in the config file to change to your location.
MOBILE FEATURESMobile Support Feature Because the mobile button disappears, we’ve created an additional button at the bottom of the page.