How to post stories and photos to your WordPress blogs

A vintage American car rumbles along Avenida del Prado in Havana, Cuba. Photo credit: Tracey Eaton

Instructions for posting your stories to your WordPress blogs:

  • Please do not post stories until after I have graded them. Exception: We discuss it beforehand and there’s a pressing need to post the story quickly because of breaking news developments.
  • Important: Make corrections to your graded story before posting.
  • To post your story to your WordPress blog, go to Dashboard/Posts/Add New. Add a new post.
  • Cut and paste your story into your blog.
  • Add links in the body of your story to give your readers a way to quickly and easily get more information about the people, companies, organizations or institutions mentioned in your story.
  • To add a link, define the word or words in your text where you want to place the link. Click the blue underlined link button on the menu bar. A new window will pop up. Paste the URL into that window, then click OK.
  • Add your email address to the bottom of your story. That way, readers can contact you. Editors who wish to reprint your story can also get in touch with you more easily if you include your email address.
  • Write a headline in the box above the menu bar. The headline should be simple and direct. It should also be short – no more than 10 words or so.
  • Create tags and categories so readers and search engines will be able to find your story. Required: Pick one of five categories that best fits your story: News, Features, People, Places or Opinions. It is essential that you use one of these categories, at minimum, because otherwise the website I have set up – the St. Augustine Journal – will not collect content from your blog. Add other tags and categories to fit your story. Tags should include words that describe your story’s subject matter, names, places, your byline and the course code (COM307, COM351 or COM405).
  • Add at least one photo to your blog. Insert the photo at the top of the story. To do that, place your cursor at the beginning of your story, then select the tiny image icon next to Upload/Insert, located just above the menu bar of the New Post window. Choose Select Files. Look for the photo you want to upload.
  • Select Open. Decide how you want to place the photo on your page. You can insert it to the left, in the center or to the right, as shown on the screenshot shown here. Select Insert into Post. Once it’s on the page, be careful not to try moving it around with your cursor or you may strip it of its coding, and your photo will no longer be “clickable.”
  • Select Publish or Update on the panel at right before closing the New Post window or your photo won’t be saved to your blog. It will be in your Library, but it won’t appear on your blog unless you hit Publish or Update, which saves your work.
  • Check View Page to make sure you photo is there.
  • Make sure to add a caption to your photo if it’s not clear what the photo is. Click on the photo while in edit mode and you’ll see a tiny landscape box, as shown in the screenshot below.
  • Click on the tiny landscape box to open the window so you can write a caption that will appear below the photo.

    The caption box is shown in this screenshot

  • I prefer that you use your own photos to illustrate your stories. If the subjects in your story give you photos to use with permission, make sure to add a photo credit line showing who took the picture. Be sure to respect the copyright of photos found on the Internet.

Note: Feel free to add more than one photo to your post, but be sure to insert at least one photo at the top. That’s because I am reprinting all of your posts on a blog called St. Augustine Journal. And if you don’t put at photo at the top of your post, the photo may not appear in the reprinted version of your story.

This assignment is worth five points. If you make corrections to your story and post it correctly on your blog, you will receive all five points. You will get points deducted for the following:

  • Style, punctuation and capitalization errors left uncorrected – 1 to 2 points, depending on the severity and number of uncorrected errors.
  • Misspelling of the name of a person, organization or company – 1 point
  • No headline – 1 point
  • No photo – 1 point
  • Missing or incorrect category – 1 point. Remember to pick one of these five categories: News, Features, People, Places or Opinions. Be precise. Make sure, for instance, to write Opinions, not Opinion.
  • No credit or caption for photo – 1/2 point
  • No email address at end of story – 1 point

Questions? Please leave comments or questions at the end of this post and I’ll respond as soon as I see them.

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