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WORDPRESS: CMS
Mindy McAdams
Department of Journalism
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, USA
News organizations use WordPress …
• To create separate, stand-alone websites for special

topics or coverage
• For indivi...
WordPress.org
• Open-source software (free)

• Lots of functionality, and lots of developers worldwide
• Thousands of temp...
http://wordpress.org/
http://vi.wordpress.org/
Case: KPLU
• A public radio station in Seattle, USA.
• A news organization.
• Has a traditional news website (next slide)....
Case: KPLU
• KPLU also has a separate website called Quirksee.
• The name is an odd word made up from “quirk,” which means...
All of the small photos are clickable. Each one can be
seen large, in a slideshow viewer.
WordPress can also be used
to quickly deploy a “micro site”
to aggregate all coverage
of a big breaking story,
to track a ...
Screen capture from July 9, 2013
Case: The Washington Post
Uses WordPress software to create many different kinds of
micro sites, all under the washingtonp...
Videos, maps, photos and other graphics are integrated in a layout
like a magazine’s.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/spo...
RUN is a visual story about the entire 2012 U.S. election year.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/supergrid/run/
RUN is a visual story about the entire 2012 U.S. election year.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/supergrid/run/
RUN is a visual story about the entire 2012 U.S. election year.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/supergrid/run/
Case: CNN
• The global TV news network uses WordPress to run each

one of CNN’s many different blogs.
• Also to run what i...
Case: Global News
• The site globalnews.ca is the main website for a national
•
•
•

•
•

•

TV news program in Canada.
Th...
The WordPress difference
• Some people think WordPress is a blogging platform, like

Blogger / Blogspot.
• The site WordPr...
Edit Flow is a free plug-in for WordPress that provides many helpful tools for
editing teams.

http://editflow.org/
WORDPRESS: CMS
Mindy McAdams
mmcadams@jou.ufl.edu
Twitter: @macloo

http://bit.ly/mmwpbasics
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13
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  • Mindy McAdams CONTACT http://mindymcadams.com/ “Why should your newsroom be using WordPress?” This part. Then Yuri will tell you how to do it. October 17, 2013. ONA13. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • WordPress is a content management system.
  • Many people do not understand what WordPress is. We will see some examples in a minute. http://www.socialtechnologyreview.com/articles/wordpress-advantages-and-disadvantages-choosing-wordpress-your-cms-solution
  • http://wordpress.org/
  • http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page
  • http://codex.wordpress.org/Getting_Started_with_WordPress
  • http://codex.wordpress.org/First_Steps_With_WordPress
  • WordPress is available in many different languages. http://vi.wordpress.org/
  • Home page, KPLU’s regular website - http://kplu.org/ July 9, 2013 – NOT WordPress.
  • Quirksee stories usually have a lot of photos. This is the home page.Home page - http://www.quirksee.org/ July 9, 2013
  • Top of a story.http://www.quirksee.org/2013/07/03/buried-treasure-cold-war-era-missile-silo-now-open-for-private-tours/ July 9, 2013
  • Body of the same story. http://www.quirksee.org/2013/07/03/buried-treasure-cold-war-era-missile-silo-now-open-for-private-tours/ July 9, 2013
  • Click any thumbnail and a slideshow opens. Too bad the captions are not good. http://www.quirksee.org/2013/07/03/buried-treasure-cold-war-era-missile-silo-now-open-for-private-tours/ July 9, 2013
  • Breaking news “blog” from The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews-live/egypt-in-crisis July 9, 2013
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/your-own-words/scotus-gay-marriage/
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/your-own-words/scotus-gay-marriage/
  • They collected the comments using a Google Form – fed them into the WP backend. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/your-own-words/scotus-gay-marriage/
  • Long-form story published in February 2013 – about Joe Dombrowski – five chapters. This is a TEMPLATE (a WordPress theme, actually, designed by the Post) and now they can make a story like this easily, not really hard to put it online. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/sports/wp/2013/02/27/cyclings-road-forward/
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/sports/wp/2013/02/27/cyclings-road-forward/
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/supergrid/run/
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/supergrid/run/
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/supergrid/run/
  • http://edition.cnn.com/exchange/blogs/index.html
  • http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/
  • http://globalnews.ca/ I asked questions of @dskok on Twitter July 9, 2013. Confirmed all of this.
  • http://globalnews.ca/
  • http://globalnews.ca/
  • http://globalnews.ca/
  • Discuss the benefits of launching separate, new WP installs as needed for special coverage, projects. Also, many WP templates are mobile-ready.
  • Example of a useful WP plug-in. http://editflow.org/
  • Mindy McAdams CONTACT http://mindymcadams.com/
  • Transcript of "Why Your Newsroom Should Be Using WordPress - ONA13"

    1. 1. WORDPRESS: CMS Mindy McAdams Department of Journalism University of Florida Gainesville, Florida, USA
    2. 2. News organizations use WordPress … • To create separate, stand-alone websites for special topics or coverage • For individual stories that are long and have many visual elements, such as videos • To run their entire news website • And more!
    3. 3. WordPress.org • Open-source software (free) • Lots of functionality, and lots of developers worldwide • Thousands of templates (themes) and plug-ins • Lots of control • Full-featured comment moderation • Full-featured spam filtering for comments • Multiple, separate WordPress sites can be added to your domain (We’ll discuss WordPress.com at the end)
    4. 4. http://wordpress.org/
    5. 5. http://vi.wordpress.org/
    6. 6. Case: KPLU • A public radio station in Seattle, USA. • A news organization. • Has a traditional news website (next slide). • URL http://kplu.org/
    7. 7. Case: KPLU • KPLU also has a separate website called Quirksee. • The name is an odd word made up from “quirk,” which means a habit or behavior that is strange or unusual. • KPLU says Quirksee is a “community of discovery.” • The site focuses on Seattle, the city where KPLU is based. • KPLU invites the public to contribute story ideas to Quirksee. • URL http://www.quirksee.org/
    8. 8. All of the small photos are clickable. Each one can be seen large, in a slideshow viewer.
    9. 9. WordPress can also be used to quickly deploy a “micro site” to aggregate all coverage of a big breaking story, to track a long-term ongoing issue, to cover an event.
    10. 10. Screen capture from July 9, 2013
    11. 11. Case: The Washington Post Uses WordPress software to create many different kinds of micro sites, all under the washingtonpost.com domain: • A breaking news “blog” for new unrest in Egypt (2013) • An interactive graphic about the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing gay people to marry • A long narrative story about a U.S. bicycle racer who hopes to erase the shame of Lance Armstrong • A photographic journey through the presidential election year 2012
    12. 12. Videos, maps, photos and other graphics are integrated in a layout like a magazine’s. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/sports/wp/2013/02/27/cyclings-road-forward/
    13. 13. RUN is a visual story about the entire 2012 U.S. election year. http://www.washingtonpost.com/supergrid/run/
    14. 14. RUN is a visual story about the entire 2012 U.S. election year. http://www.washingtonpost.com/supergrid/run/
    15. 15. RUN is a visual story about the entire 2012 U.S. election year. http://www.washingtonpost.com/supergrid/run/
    16. 16. Case: CNN • The global TV news network uses WordPress to run each one of CNN’s many different blogs. • Also to run what is essentially a micro-site for each news program.
    17. 17. Case: Global News • The site globalnews.ca is the main website for a national • • • • • • TV news program in Canada. The entire site runs on WordPress. Most stories include at least one embedded video. The site is updated many times each day. Reporters across Canada contribute to the site — they can post news from any location. Reporters in 3 foreign bureaus — Beijing, London and Washington — also upload to WordPress. Some reporters post updates with the WordPress mobile app.
    18. 18. The WordPress difference • Some people think WordPress is a blogging platform, like Blogger / Blogspot. • The site WordPress.com allows individuals to have free blogs. • However, WordPress.org is different, and … • The WordPress software (which is 100 percent free) can be downloaded and installed on your own Web server. • You have complete control. • Your software team can modify WordPress. • You can add free or paid themes and plug-ins to make a WordPress site do almost anything you can imagine.
    19. 19. Edit Flow is a free plug-in for WordPress that provides many helpful tools for editing teams. http://editflow.org/
    20. 20. WORDPRESS: CMS Mindy McAdams mmcadams@jou.ufl.edu Twitter: @macloo http://bit.ly/mmwpbasics
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