Apple News Composer Tutorial

Send push notifications linking to Apple News stories.

Apple News stories are viewed in the Apple News app on iOS and macOS. Learn more in Apple News Notifications.

  1. Click Create 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 service 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 A story that was retracted cannot be selected.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 service with Airship, not necessarily the countries you have configured with Apple.

    1. Select Choose.
    2. Choose from the Select a country menu, and 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 App. See: Configure Apple News.


Messages cannot be retracted or deleted.