WordPress for journalists

Today they echoed in Periodismociudadano.com of a article of 10,000 words in which show the virtues of WordPress as a tool of journalism, especially indicated for field reporters, thanks to its characteristics and simplicity.

In the article, they break down 5 ways in which WordPress is very useful for journalists in the field and, of course, for any connected user who has to publish from outside their usual office or home environment:

1. WordPress mobile applications

WordPress dispose of mobile applications with which practically in any platform, a journalist can publish sue articles, from a WiFi network or through 3G connection:

And if you do not have any of these smartphones You can always access from any other mobile to http://m.wordpress.com/ .

With any of these applications you can post, add photos, review your content before publishing it, moderate comments and , of course, publish content on the network from your mobile.

2. Publish by voice

Although not available for the entire world, the option of publish by voice which I already talked about in its day, can be a very interesting solution for reporters in difficult situations ( enemy fire, darkness), in which they can not type what they want to publish. It can also be a great resource for publishing interviews.

The system, as I mentioned, is simple, you just have to go to your desktop (from WordPress.com), then to My Sites and Activate publish by voice. To publish you just have to call the number indicated there, enter your secret code and start talking. You have up to one hour per call, and the call stops by itself if you stop talking for 10 seconds.

3. Geolocation of your publications

If you are reporting from several sites you can add geolocation to each of them, either manually or automatically. You will find it in your blog on wordpress.com in "Users -> Personal settings -> My location -> Activate geolocation" (well, in fact you still get the texts in English). You can also do it in a WordPress hosted by geolocation plugins .

4. Publish via SMS

If you are in a situation with a bad connection, without 3G but with basic mobile coverage, you can publish via SMS an option that you will also find on the Settings page of your WordPress site. com

Even in this very spartan mode you can moderate and respond to comments and, of course, post entries.

5. Upload videos from mobile with VideoPress

VideoPress is a high quality video platform that, of course, also supports the uploading of video files from any of the WordPress mobile applications. It is not free but its price (about € 84 a year) is adjusted for the quality and possibilities it offers, especially for the professional.

As if this were not enough, there are dozens of WordPress plugins for journalists ]which will complement these 5 tips.

And, well, this is the compilation that you do in the original article, can you think of one more oriented to journalists?

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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From Google Docs to WordPress • WordPress Help

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<p> The truth is that I had not thought of any possible use, but reading the quote that of <a target= an article of 10,000 words ago Citizen Journalism I have opened a lot of possibilities and ideas.

The thing arose when in a newspaper from Maine (USA) migrated to WordPress and, despite being delighted, they preferred that their editors continue using Google Docs to write his articles (in journalism is quite usual, sometimes by permission, sometimes by simple technological backwardness of the columnists).

Well, neither short nor lazy, what they came up with was to create a plugin that facilitated the transfer: ] Docs to WordPress .

What the aforementioned plugin does is obtain docume of a collection of Google Docs and with them create an entry in WordPress, then move the document to a new collection, so that it does not duplicate the publication of the same content (smart right?). In addition, Google Docs no longer supports the XMLRPC protocol so this is probably the easiest way to move content from your Google Docs to your WordPress.

Installation is not as easy as activating and configuring with a couple of clicks, that is, you have to create an empty file to execute the cron necessary for the automation of the task, and then put in that file this code:

For the rest it is a brilliant and intelligent solution to a specific problem, and I'm sure you can think of another way to take advantage of the concept.

NOTICE : this publication is two years ago om s. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Add subtitles to WordPress

For several days now Chris Coyier raised a series of plugins that, although he did not feel like creating, he would like them to exist. One of them, one of your wishes, is something I've been missing for a long time of being able to do with WordPress.

But, there is a vital concept in journalism, and that is that the headline is better if it is accompanied by a subtitle, let alone an entradilla. And precisely this is not provided by WordPress, of course, until the appearance of SubHeading .

This plugin adds a new field to the WordPress editor, just for the subtitle, which you can also use as entradilla of your article. Now, then you have to enable your template to show it correctly. To do this you must add the following code to your theme:
<? Php if (function_exists ('the_subheading')) {the_subheading ('

', '

'); }?>
You can put it in single.php also but where it should not be missing is in the file index.php . Then, of course, you can create a CSS style suitable for your template to offer the best of journalistic style.