Blog post 8: Improve your website

You have created a website using WordPress. Not the blog for this course. Not the blog for bootcamp. I mean your real website — the one I would see if I went to “yourname.com.” For example, mine is mindymcadams.com.

Last week you critiqued a professional journalist’s website, in Blog Post 4. It’s time to start making your website more like that.

How do you get started? There are three things you can do right now:

  1. Choose a WordPress theme that is suitable for a professional journalist’s portfolio. In particular, make sure the home page of your website sends a clear signal that this is professional portfolio site.
  2. Write a personal statement that makes you appear serious, professional, committed, hire-able.
  3. Construct a resume page on a WordPress page that will be easy for you to update in the future. NOT A PDF. A live, searchable Web page, built inside your WordPress theme. Read more of this post
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Blog post 4: Critique a professional journalist’s portfolio site

For this assignment, you’ll need to search for the websites of journalists. You must look at several different sites and select ONE that gives you the best model of a good, appealing, professionally focused site that represents a journalist and his or her work.

Please read about grading criteria for blog posts in this course. Those criteria apply to all blog post assignments. Read more of this post