A Word about WordPress.

WordPress – and tools like it – are an essential part of the online journalist’s workflow. 

Online journalism is well over a decade old. And yet, for many (including me) it’s still a new discipline.
Its rules and tools are unfamiliar for those who are either starting in journalism or who have a more traditional background.
Online journalism is different to print in several key ways due to the fact that we write differently for digital media, we have to respond more quickly, we have to be proficient with multimedia approaches to telling stories, we use tools that traditional journalist may see as amateur spheres, blogs, social media .
The area 

that most confuses newcomers to digital journalism, is its workflow – 
In traditional journalism, there is an entrenched, hierarchical workflow that may go something like this:

  • Editor commissions an article
  • Journalist researches story
  • Journalist produces copy
  • Content is sent to the editor for approval
  • Content is forwarded to a production editor
  • Production editor sub edits the copy
  • Editor signs off on the copy
  • Art editor lays out the content
  • Editor signs off on proof
  • Publication goes to printers
  • Publication is distributed
In online journalism, the workflow is much more simple. It can be as simple as this:

  • Journalist comes up with an idea
  • Journalist researches story
  • Journalist produces story
  • Journalist lays out and publishes story online
In online journalism this is known as content management – wordpress 
…In time, the majority of written journalism will be online journalism.
Even though we worked with wordpress last year, I do not remember A THING.
The whole thing seems very daunting again, but hopefully once I’ve had a bit more of a play around, and managed to get my bearings again, I’m hoping it will all come back to me !
I’m definitely excited to start blogging though – I’ve always had a strong interest in digital media but never really had the experience to make my own. So hopefully from this, I can kick-start my own personal blog too.

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