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1st Edition

WordPress for Journalists
From Plugins to Commercialisation

ISBN 9781138652026
Published May 31, 2018 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

WordPress for Journalists presents an in-depth and accessible introduction to using the content management system WordPress to produce journalism today. LJ Filotrani, an experienced multimedia journalist and website editor and creator, gives readers guidance on using the wide-ranging functionality of WordPress to create news and other forms of journalistic content.

Readers will find everything they need to set up both a .com and a .org site, from naming the site and buying a domain to choosing a hosting package and keeping hackers at bay. Chapters also cover house style, how to create posts and pages, hyperlinking, embedding content, setting up widgets and sidebars and working with themes, plugins and SEO. There are sections on troubleshooting, HTML/CSS, RSS and curation, alongside advice on audience engagement and commercialisation.

Chapters feature:

  • step-by-step instructions on setting up and managing a professional website, with illustrative images throughout;
  • comprehensive lists of the most useful apps, themes, sites and plugins;
  • a guide to producing multimedia content online, including images, infographics, videos, podcasts and live streaming;
  • expert interviews with professional journalists working successfully online;
  • a glossary of terms.

By bringing together real-world advice, detailed walkthroughs and practical tips and tools for best practice, WordPress for Journalists will inspire young journalists and content producers who are looking to widen their skill set and build their presence online.

Table of Contents

Section A: Introduction 1. Why WordPress? 2. Journalism online 3. How to use this book Section B: Site Set Up 4. The basics 5. The WP Dashboard 6. Plugins 7. Troubleshooting Section C: Dealing With Content 8. Creating content 9. Understanding Users 10. Thinking Mobile 11. Social 12. Live 13. Using Data 14. Commercialization 15. Future Trends Section D: Directory of Useful Resources

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LJ Filotrani is Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University, UK. She is Course Director for the BA (Hons) Journalism course, specialising on building sites in WordPress and producing video, audio and text for digital journalism platforms. She is a former site editor for the Guardian and was responsible for creating and launching the multimedia microsite Careers Guardian.


"A thoroughly practical, step-by-step guide to creating a really professional WordPress site. WordPress for Journalists uses a direct and clear approach and is written in an accessible, informal style."

Andy Bull, author of Multimedia Journalism and Brand Journalism

"Considering WordPress’s wide digital reach, it is imperative that journalism and media students are able to engage effectively with the content-management system. This book is a concise and comprehensive exploration of the functionalities of WordPress, and the opportunities it offers with regards to creating and managing online content."

Sarah Cooper, Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University, UK