Mon. Sept. 9 Course Plan

Book Update

UW Bookstore should have 20 copies of used books by this afternoon or tomorrow. You should be able to get a copy by Wednesday’s class and catch up on the assigned readings. See syllabus for assigned readings that you missed. We will discuss readings briefly on Wednesday.

Readings for Today

How many people were able to read the assigned reading for today?

  • If at least half of the class read it, then pair up students with student who could read and student who couldn’t read it. Student who read should discuss what they learned and their top 5.
  • If hardly any students could read the readings, then move on to WordPress workshop.

Blogging Workshop:

Download The Blog-Post-1-and-About-Page-Setup Assignment — Due Tonight by 11:59 p.m.

  • Create a WordPress account
  • Make a title for your blog
  • Update the tagline
  • Changing the time zone on your blog

About Page

  • Create an “about” page
    • Your name.
    • Some demographic information, such as where you are from and what your family is like.
    • What the purpose of this blog is (e.g., it’s to showcase your storytelling work).
    • Some interests and what you like to do in your spare time.
    • Your career goals.
  • Linking to other web pages
  • Posting photos and inserting other media or files

Write Your First Blog Post

  • Create a new post
  • Using categories
  • Using tags
  • Saving drafts
  • Publishing the post

Guidelines To Follow For Blog Writing

  • Update frequently
  • Write in the first-person (i.e., “I think) and use conversation-style that shows your personality
  • Provide specific headlines
  • Provide links elsewhere to helpful information
  • Allow readers to comment and comment back to readers
  • Are ongoing conversations among members of a community
  • Can be your professional portfolio, journal, or brainstorming session
  • Embed photos, video, audio, and other multimedia features
  • Are relatively short, usually less than 800 words

Logging In To Your WordPress Account

IMPORTANT: To log in to your WordPress blog, you can visit your blog url plus a “/wp-admin” at the end of the url. For example, to edit my blog, I go to “http://uwyojournalism.com/wp-admin”.  Alternatively, you can sign in through WordPress.com.

About The Author

I'm an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Wyoming. In my ninth year at UW, I regularly teach multimedia production, web design, political communication, quantitative research methods, and media, science, and society.