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Creating a Story

With Perspectives enabled on your site, you can begin to create a Story on your site!

Create a Story

The first step to constructing a new story is to login to your Socrata site and navigate to your profile page. The profile page is the first page that you’ll see once logged in.

On this page, you’ll find a button that says “Create new…,” click this button and from the dropdown menu choose “Story”

Next, you’ll be prompted to give your story a title. The title is used to identify the story in your site’s catalog listing or from your profile.

The main action to constructing your story is to add content via the story content blocks. Content blocks make up the sections of your story, providing structure and guiding the flow.

Add & Edit Content

To add content to your story, open the content panel by clicking “+Add Content in the top menu of your story in edit mode. The blocks that you see in this panel are previews of what your content will look like in your story.

You can add content blocks by double clicking or dragging and dropping your choice into your story. For additional information on the different kinds of content boxes, follow this link.

Once added to your story, you can customize the content in each block.

 

Editing Text Content Blocks

Your story comes pre-populated with a Story title that says “Your Great Story Title.” When you click on this text, you’ll see options to format the text. To change the text, you can just select the text and delete or start typing.

As you add other text boxes, you’ll notice that they also come with pre-populated text as well. All of this text is editable with the controls that show when text is selected.

For more information on styling and formatting the text within your story, follow this link. 

Editing Rich Media Content Blocks

Users have the following options for adding and editing rich media content blocks:

  • Socrata Visualization: create or insert an existing chart, map or table.
  • Socrata Story Tile: insert a preview of another story.
  • Socrata Open Performance Goal Tile: insert a preview of an Open Performance goal you've created.
  • Youtube: add a video from a YouTube link!
  • Image: add an image from your computer or from our Getty images library.
  • HTML Embed: insert an embed code to include external web content.

For an in depth look at the types of contents boxes available, follow this link

Finally, move, remove or hide the content blocks in your story. As you hover over the content block, controls will appear as in the picture below. These controls allow you to 1) move the content block up or down, related to content around it 2) hide the content from Presentation View 3) delete the block of content from the story.



Preview & Presentation View

You can see what your published story will look like while you are making edits by previewing the story.

Preview shows what your story will look like to viewers once published. Your content can be viewed as a continuous story or block by block as a presentation.

Preview Story

The images below compare three story content blocks, viewed first as a story and then as a presentation.

Presentation

When viewed as a presentation, the same story content blocks are viewed individually, one after another.

 

When you are ready, you can share the story with other viewers individually or make the story public, follow along to this article!

 

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