How to build a budget news website


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How to build a budget news website

Tools to get you started and tips from those who have succeeded

About the Book

About the Author

Paul Marsden
Paul Marsden

Paul teaches undergraduate and postgraduate Journalism students at Leeds Trinity University. His specialist area is online journalism, specifically setting-up and overseeing news websites in the department to allow trainee journalists to publish both collectivley and individually.

His largest recent project was a budget news website covering the start of the Tour de France in Yorkshire in 2014. The site attracted more than 100,000 visits. 

He has a background in newspaper journalism, having worked for several regional titles in Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Lancashire during the past decade.


About the Contributors

Lindsay Eastwood
Lindsay Eastwood

Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Leeds Trinity University

Lisa Bradley
Lisa Bradley

Course Leader for Journalism, Leeds Trinity University

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
    • Online Journalism at Leeds Trinity
    • The purpose of this book
  • Chapter One - How do I get started?
  • Chapter Two - Setting up a blog
    • The technical part - Stage 1: Creating a database
    • Stage 2: Manually Installing Wordpress
    • Stage 3: Ensuring your domain points to the Wordpress folder
    • Stage 4: Creating a configuration file
    • Stage 5: Naming your site
  • Chapter Three - Setting up a blog
  • Chapter Four - Writing your first post
  • Chapter Five - Building an audience for your content
    • The ‘ideal’ post
    • Presenting content online
    • Using Creative Commons images
    • Alternative ways of using your content
    • How do I go viral?
  • Chapter Six - Plugins and Widgets
    • Widgets
    • Your Widget hitlist
    • Plugins
    • Your Plugin hitlist
  • Chapter Seven - Free multimedia tools
    • Visual tools
    • Audio Tools
    • Data tools
    • Other tools
  • Chapter Eight - Your secret weapon: A smartphone
    • Apps
    • Recording Audio
    • Taking pictures on your iPhone
  • Chapter Nine - Using your phone to take images and produce video
    • Filming on your iPhone
    • Editing your footage using iMovie
  • Chapter Ten - Building your audience through social media
    • Using Twitter to build an audience
  • Summary
    • Reading List

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