Create an Apple News message

Use the Apple News composer to send a push notification that links to an Apple News story.

  1. Click and select Apple News.

  2. Enter the push notification text you want to accompany the Apple News story, limited to 130 characters. The preview updates as you compose your message. The Channel Name entered when setting up the channel appears in bold.

  3. Click Select a story and select from the list. Story information displayed:

    • Title
    • Share URL: If the story has a canonical URL, it is displayed here instead of the share URL.
    • Status: Only Live or Processing stories may be selected. If an article is processing, the message will be sent when processing is complete. A story that was retracted cannot be selected.
  4. (Optional) Select recipient countries. Available countries are dependent on the selections made when setting up the channel in Airship, not necessarily the countries you have configured with Apple.

    Select Choose, then choose from the Select a country menu. Repeat for additional countries.

  5. Confirm the message appearance and content in the preview.

  6. Click Send Now. If the selected story is still processing, the button will instead be labeled Send When Live.


We validate the country selection when Send Now is clicked. If a country selected here is not configured in your Apple News publisher channel settings, you will see the error Country not available when attempting to send to that country. Edit country selection in Settings » Channels » Mobile Apps » Apple News.

View Apple News history

Go to Messages » Apple News. One year of Apple News history is listed, newest first.

The table displays the message text, Apple News story title, recipient countries, and the date, time, and time zone when the composer steps were completed by clicking Send Now/Send When Live. Hover over the story title to see its canonical URL, or click to follow the link.


  • After sending an Apple News notification, a delivery request is sent to Apple. Because Airship does not manage the delivery process, the Send Requested date and time may differ from the actual delivery date and time.
  • Projects that have been inactive for over 30 days will have all message history removed.