News items to show is currently described as:
Number of recent items appearing on the course home page, in a news box down the right-hand side
(0 means the news box won't appear).
The terms used don't relate to the names of the features on the course page and assume positioning.
Number of recent items from the News Forum appearing on the course home page, in the Latest News block (if set to 0 the Latest News block is won't appear).