Since 2009, you can send a photo or video you've already taken directly from the News app on your iPhone. You would simply tap the camera icon next to the new message box and then either select a new one or select one from your library. If you are using iOS 12, that is no longer the case, but that does not mean the functionality has completely disappeared.
When you tap the camera icon in the iOS 12 News app, it's loaded directly into the camera so you can take a new picture or video. So you can use the new camera effects from Apple, which include cool filters, text effects, shapes and sticker packs. However, there is no way to access your photo library.
To access your Photo Library directly from the Photos app, you must search messages in the App Drawer. Introduced in iOS 1
Photos in the App Drawer are easy to access. If you do not see the drawer when you open a chat, tap the App Store icon next to the camera key. Once the app drawer is launched, tap the Photos button. This should be the first option (at least now). Keep in mind that images and videos imported in chats in this way can not use the new iOS 12 camera effects.
Photos shows your pictures and videos in reverse chronological order, divided into rows of two. You can search your feed by swiping left in these lines. When you tap photos and videos you want to send, iOS will automatically load them into your chat box. You can quickly remove them all by tapping the (X) above the photo or video, or by tapping the blue check mark in the Recent Photos feed.
You can also swipe off the gray bar to find some suggestions that Siri thinks You may want to send to the recipient (s) in your chat. To view these suggestions, iCloud Photo must be enabled.
When you see the end of the feed with current or To get suggestions and still not find what you are looking for, tap "All Photos" to open your full photo gallery and all albums] Unfortunately, this will allow you to select only one photo or one video at a time, which can slow down your sharing considerably if you need to send multiple objects. If you know you need to send two or more photos from your photo gallery, it's best to send them from your Photos app, not news.
While the app drawer is the way forward for sending photos and videos in news, the future does not have to be now. With iOS 12 still in beta, you can get your old photo controls back by shutting down your iPhone to iOS 11. If you have not installed it yet, this could be one of many reasons that hold you back.
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