Apple News, a mobile app introduced alongside the release of iOS 9 last September, is a news aggregator that automatically delivers the latest current events — much like Flipboard. The only major difference? Because Apple News is installed on new iOS devices by default, this means that its content is able to reach a far larger and move diverse audience.
Recently, Apple made some changes in regards to who could publish content on Apple News. At launch it was restricted to only major news outlets, such as CNN and The Verge. But as of March, Apple News was opened to the public, enabling writers of all kinds to publish their content for anyone to enjoy.
As a content creator, I simply cannot help but look at this opportunity as huge potential — especially considering Squarespace, not too long ago, introduced support for Apple News syndication.
Alright, so how do you get published? It's surprisingly very easy. Just follow these steps:
- Go to your Squarespace website and log in as you normally would.
- Select the blog that you are interested in publishing to Apple News.
- Click the settings icon that looks like a small gear.
- Select "Syndication" in the top right corner.
- Under "Apple News," click the "Connect Account" button.
From here you'll need to follow the onscreen instructions in creating an Apple News publisher account. Once your account is created, you can fill in all the required details to connect your Squarespace website. Apple makes the process seamless and easy to understand.
If you have multiple blogs like Di Franco University does, then you will need to repeat the above process for each individual blog.
After you've successfully connected your blog(s) with Apple News and imported the content, Apple will review your request for approval. I submitted six blogs for review and Apple approved them within a few days, so it shouldn't take long at all.
And that's it. Congratulations on taking the next step in further promoting your content! When all is said and done, feel free to search Apple News to see how your content is displayed.