Well, you answered my question but I've encountered some "issues".
Really want I want is a blank top-level site (say Home), with two sub-sites: news and Events. At the top-level site only the most recent content of the News site and the Events site should be displayed, and I figure the Content Query Web Part will be
sufficient for that particular purpose. However, for the two sub-sites, I'm going for an intranet news publishing mechanism - would be nice to access news articles via URL, etc. These internal news and events may very well contain a great deal of information
(and perhaps an image and whatnot). Hence, I should go for the page publishing structure of a Publishing Site rather than the announcement list structure that comes with a Team Site.
I can't really figure out how this is supposed to work. I created a blank top-level site, and then added a Publishing Site (News) as a sub-site. The site only contains a welcome page, which I'm yet to customize. However, I'm looking for some type of "add
news article" functionality, which the very least gives me a new article page for creating the news article. I'm yet to find this. The end user's supposed to go to the News site, click say "Create News Article", add some content and then publish the article.
I figured I would use the Article Page content type and add pages to a library - i.e. the pages (of content type Article Page) will really be the news. The only thing I can find throughout the UI, for something like "add news" functionality is to add an
item for the library. But the Pages library (the generated Document Library for the site) results in uploading a document when trying to add an item - which of course makes perfect sense - but is far from what I'm hoping to achieve.
To sum up, the announcement list of the Team Site won't fulfill the requirements for news articles, whereas the Article Page content type of the Publishing Site template does. However, the Publishing Site doesn't seem to cover the big picture - from the
end user's perspective - and the only thing I seem able of achieving without uploading a document is to edit the default welcome page via the ribbon.
I know I must have got something regarding the publishing site terribly wrong, but I'm yet to figure out how this should work. Help... ;)
* Edit: I found the "New Document" option in the ribbon to add a new Article Page to the document library, but aren't there any smoother way of achieving this functionality (again, from the end user perspective)?