Main new features in News Manager after version 2.4.x are:
- Post images supported (post thumbnails, featured images)
- Optional Read more link
- Optional disable link in post titles
- "go back" link can be disabled (or link to main news page)
- Optional yearly archives
- Custom settings for more options, post layout customization, custom frontend strings, specific newspage-type settings...
- Template tags, conditional functions
- Optional post authors
- Custom URL parameters/prefixes (experimental/advanced)
For more information, see the Documentation.