Separate library for news articles
Please update the News feature in modern sites to allow news articles can be created in a different library to keep them separate from non-news pages.
There are at least three separate suggestions on this topic. I want to be able to customize required fields for news articles that are separate from site pages. Even if we build a dedicated content type, we can't disable the default news templates in order to force users to use the new content type for pages. News isn't the same as site pages, needs to be separated so we can have different content management around that category of content.
Jørgen Winther commented
This is very important in order to prevent deleting sites that are essentiel to the structure. At the same time, it quickly becomes difficult to navigate in the news flow. So sites and news should not be administered together.
Maria Sangild Mathiesen commented
I agree to this, right now it's a mess in the sitecollection, where sites and news are mixed up. It's impossible to delete old news, without a high risk for deleting a site.
Dave Walker commented
In order to administer news, I think many companies will end up creating separate comm sites just for news. This seems wasteful and unnecessarily complicated.
Dave Gorman commented
This needs to happen. News Posts should be a separate library with item level permission, allowing users to post and edit their own news but not other people's news or pages.
Robert Schouten commented
Another option could be to have a new permission level, which enables only moderating news pages.
One option we're looking at is using a separate communications site for employee announcements and then joining it to a hub site. That will allow our employees to create news articles without having to be given permissions to edit top-level intranet pages on the main hub site. One major drawback to this though is the delay between when news is created in a "sub site" of a hub site and when it will flow to the news web part on the hub site home page. News really needs to not be driven by search somehow. This is especially true for news that gets posted incorrectly and then has to remain visible for long periods of time until the search index is refreshed!
The preferred method though would be to have a separate library for news in the top-level hub site. A separate asset library for news related pictures and documents would be helpful as well.
Brent Ellis commented
This should have been a no brainer from the start, I fear what "fixing" it after the fact might look like, but this still needs to be done.