College student newspaper adviser Michael Koretzky thinks students’ psychology is the reason why student media websites are lackluster. But the problems go farther than students, and the core responsibility lies with journalism educators.
Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu plugin organizes WordPress’ default left-side vertical navigation into a horizontal navigation bar with vertical drop-down menus. Sure, it’s a simple change. But it’s a big time and frustration saver.
WordPress is a content management system. It’s also a CMS that works well for journalism large and small and whose use for journalism by both professionals and citizens will only continue to grow. Reality check: There are very few great content management systems being used as platforms for journalism. Plenty of newspapers—and broadcast television sites especially—use clumsy systems with feature sets still in the stone ages of the internet. Even worse, these systems are skinned by ugly stylesheets and confusing user interfaces. We wouldn’t want our newspaper pages to be ugly or hard to navigate, so why are so many news websites exactly that?