Title: WordPress for Journalists
Description: Omniversity course covering WordPress for journalists
Start Date: 11-04-2013
End Date: 12-04-2013
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:30
Booking: Sign up here
A hands-on introduction to building a website or blog with WordPress
WordPress co-founder Mike Little will be leading our two-day course.
WordPress is the publishing platform of choice for nearly 60 million websites and blogs run by individuals, multinational firms and government bodies. Media organisations from the New York Times and Reuters, to The Telegraph and The Independent, love it.
It may be quick and easy to install, but it takes a bit of knowledge to get the best out of WordPress. This course is designed to start you off with the skills you will need to power and develop your own WordPress site to exhibit your work, be that as a print journalist, blogger, broadcaster or film maker. And who better to teach you than WordPress co-founder Mike Little?
Freelancers in particular need an online presence to showcase their work, not only to potential employers but also to the public at large.
By the end of the course you will have mastered the basics of WordPress and be in the position to start managing your own site.
Who will benefit from this class?
This class is ideal for the freelance journalist wanting to showcase their writing, the budding radio presenter wanting to learn to podcast, the photojournalist looking to put a portfolio online, or a multimedia reporter wanting to showcase their presentation style.
Anyone looking to work for the many media companies using WordPress will benefit from having these skills.
You may have already tried to set up WordPress but got lost in the technical details. This course will set you back on the right track.
Please note: This course does not cover WordPress.com and concentrates on self-hosted WordPress instead.
What you need to be familiar with
If you want to work on an existing WordPress site you are more than welcome, but we will provide a pre-installed site for up to a month for all attendees.
This course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with the WordPress CMS. You’ll don’t need any programming experience, but a little CSS knowledge is useful.
Who uses WordPress?
- The official site of the Prime Minister’s office
- Government Digital Service at the Cabinet Office
- The Department of Health
- Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history (blogging and more, how WordPress is used in the news/media)
- The WordPress dashboard: Logging in and looking around
- Settings: Configuring WordPress just how you want it
- All about content: Blog posts, pages and more
- Publishing your first content: It’s easy! Video, audio, photos too
- Syndication: RSS – Feeds in, feeds out
- Themes, and the look of your site: Some good themes and sources of more
- Plugins: Adding more functionality, some key plugins, SEO, security and more
- Comments and social media: Engaging with your readers, linking with the social media world
- Multiple users: Co-authoring and workflow, copyright and attribution
Equipment you’ll need
- Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or Mac OS installed. You will not need to install any software, but you should have a modern web browser. Our preference is for the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too.
- You may want to bring some sample images, or short MP3s that you will be able to upload to your website during the course.
- If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one with you
After completing the class, you will:
- Have a thorough grounding in using and administering WordPress
- Know how to use all the features of the WordPress editor
- Have an understanding of podcasting, video blogging, and more
- Know how to incorporate social media and SEO
- Have a set of valuable skills appropriate for WordPress’s increasing use by world-class media organisations
Costs and times
The course costs £200. You will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, software, and programmes. You will also receive one month’s free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site. Lunch and refreshments are provided.