M365 - SharePoint Online - Creating And Sending News Digest Manually

Introduction 

 
By the end of this article, we will have gotten to know:
  • “News Digest” feature of SharePoint Online.
  • Permissions required to send news digest
Prerequisite
 
Edit permissions on the site to send the news digest.
 
Feature
 
This is the feature we are using which can send news digest/important news posts via email notifications to important users/readers/business personnel/stakeholders.
 

Why this “News Digest” feature is useful for our customers

  • This feature is very important because even though we publish News on the portal, sometimes it can be missed by the users.
  • So, important news like financial news, business news, or any other important news can be easily missed by the users on the portal.
  • Generally, we have a limited amount of news on the portal home page. After that, those most probably seen are on the news listing page, as more recent news gets published.
  • In all the above scenario this “News Digest” feature comes handy where we can email the respective news digest
Details
  • We have a “Email a news digest” option from OOB news.aspx page (https://<tenant>/sites/_layouts/15/news.aspx ) – here in our case https://knowledgejunction1.sharepoint.com/sites/News/_layouts/15/news.aspx as
M 365 - SharePoint Online - Creating And Sending News Digest Manually
 Fig : Microsoft 365 SharePoint Online – News Digest feature – “Email a news digest”
  • Click on the “Email a news digest” link from the command bar as shown in above Fig
  • We will have options to select the News, and “Next” and “Cancel” buttons to proceed further, as shown in the below figure.
M 365 - SharePoint Online - Creating And Sending News Digest Manually
Fig: Microsoft 365 SharePoint Online – News Digest feature – “Email a news digest” – Option to select the News which we need to send into an email and “Next” / “Cancel” button to proceed further
  • Select the News which we want to send into an email and click on the “Next” button
  • We will be redirected to a custom new page where we have options like in email – To, Message, “Send news digest” button, as shown in the below fig
M 365 - SharePoint Online - Creating And Sending News Digest Manually
 Fig: Microsoft 365 SharePoint Online – News Digest feature – “Email a news digest” – Sending news digest
  • Please observe that the URL is an address bar – the new custom page is created and the email functionality is there.
  • Also, please notice that we can send this News Digest to external emails as well. Here we are sending to psabadra@gmail.com or prashamsabadra@live.com
  • We will receive an email notification in the below format:
M 365 - SharePoint Online - Creating And Sending News Digest Manually
Fig : Microsoft 365 SharePoint Online – News Digest feature – “Email a news digest” – Received email news digest
  • We have various options available in News Digest, such as – “Reply | Reply all | Forward“, “Go To Site”, “Get the SharePoint Mobile App” along with selected news