Authoritative News Site in SharePoint Online

Microsoft has just released new feature for SharePoint Online for tagging the organisational news and lifting the organisational news to SharePoint Home page.

All you need to do is run a PowerShell Command Set-SPOOrrgNewsSite to set your site to behaving as the organizational authoritative news site.

First you have to connect to your tenant using SharePoint Admin credentials, then run command Set-SPOOrgNewsSite -OrgNewsSiteUrl

If you like to check sites that have been configured to organizational new sites, you can use command Get-SPOOrgNewsSite for listing those sites.

#Connect to your tenant using SharePoint Admin credentials
Connect-SPOService -Url
# Set your site to organizational authoritative news site
Set-SPOOrgNewsSite -OrgNewsSiteUrl
#List your organizational authoritative news sites from the tenant

After few minutes you will see color block (badge) on the title as a visual cue in the news. See pictures below where Intranet Hub (name on of the site) is color blocked above the news article title.

Organizational news in the SharePoint Home page
Organizational news in the Intranet Home page


Organization news is a good new feature in SharePoint Online to highlight the news that are important to your organisation.

4 thoughts on “Authoritative News Site in SharePoint Online

  1. Sravan


    I ran the above powershell script but I get this issue. Please help how to resolve this issue. Thank you!

    Set-SPOOrgNewsSite : The requested operation is part of an experimental feature that is not supported in the current environment.
    At C:\SharePoint\Powershell\authoritative-news-site.ps1:12 char:1
    + Set-SPOOrgNewsSite -OrgNewsSiteUrl
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Set-SPOOrgNewsSite], ServerException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ServerException,Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPOTenantOrgNews+SetSPOOrgNewsSite


  2. Elio

    Hello Jere,
    Do you know if there is a way to change the background color of the highlighted news? I have two organizational sites and the background color doesn’t match the organization’s theme and also is different to the site theme.
    Thanks for your feedback


    1. Hi Elio, I’m afraid that this in not possible by out-of-the-box. I can see that in my site there is a specific css-tag (.org-News-169) in news color block (badge). Maybe you could do some css-hack to your news site and replace background color in css-tag by your own?


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