Using this site

The instructor chose this format because WordPress.com is one of the most popular free blogging and web page creation sites on the internet. All communications majors should become familiar with this format. Journalism in the Digital Age should be interactive. Journalists should be familiar with ways to share content and interact with their audience online. This is a good way to start learning.

All students must become users with “Author” status on this web site in order to participate in this course. You should be receiving email invitations to become a user. Here is the process:

  • Simply follow the directions in the email to create a WordPress.com user account. Don’t be too obscure or clever when picking out a user name. Try to pick a user name we’ll all recognize.
  • Once you do that, you’ll get an email to activate the account. It comes pretty quickly, so you won’t have to wait long.
  • Once you activate your account, it will automatically take you to a homepage at WordPress. There’s one more step, though.
  • Go back to the original email and click on “Accept Invitation.”
  • Once you do that, you’ll be taken to the Dashboard of the class web site with a note that says “Congrats! You have been added to this blog.”

That’s it. Feel free to look around and even make a blog entry to just say hello or share something with the rest of us.

The following are relevant links which explain how users can create content on this site:

Create Content: Start here – these are the basics.

Posting images: these are the basic instructions for posting pictures to this site from a computer. Please do not post pictures from other web sites using the “From URL” option. For copyright reasons, if you wish to share pictures and content from other web sites, use links instead.

Image galleries: This used to be my preferred method of posting multiple pictures for assignments. However, I have found that single pictures added to individual posts display better, especially on mobile devices. Personally, I think that scrolling down is more intuitive than clicking a tiny arrow symbol in a slide show to advance to the next image, and captions display under the image instead of over the image. I will accept assignments either way, but in-line, individual images is preferred over the slideshows that WordPress creates.

User Profile: Each student will be invited (required) to join this site as a “user.” Each user will be granted “Author” status in order to edit, publish and delete your own posts, as well as upload files/images. You are not required to fill out all of the information in the user profile, but please pick a user name that clearly identifies who you are. Journalism should be transparent.