10 things you need to know to publish your work on Reporters Online

10 things you need to know to publish your work on Reporters Online

Don't worry: the stuff below may seem complex to people not used to WordPress, but it's quite impossible to do anything completely wrong.

1 - Login

Click here: https://reportersonline.nl/inloggen/ Enter your name or mail-address as a username, and your password of choice. Please use only lowercase for you user name, and don't use spaces. You can change this password later, see below.

2 - Dashboard

After logging in you will see a dashboard:

  • Al je artikelen: an overview of all your articles. In some cases, you will also see articles of others. You cannot edit these, only your own.
  • The most important: - Nieuw artikel, to start publishing a new article.
  • Media: your images and other media.
  • Je profiel: to change the biography and social media links in your profile and your password. You cannot use HTML-links in your biography text.

3 - Start your post

Articles have a header/title, a body text and an introduction. Tip: title field and body field you will always see, the excerpt/samenvatting is sometimes missing . In that case, go to'Screen options' on the top right of the post page and check the Summary (samenvatting) or Excerpt-box. Or put it in the body text, we'll make sure it ends up in the correct box.

Title: 1 sentence wil do

Intro/samenvatting: up to 3 sentences. Less is more

Body text: knock yourself out, can be as long as you want.

 

4 - Lay-out

Keep it as simple as possible. Many things that can be done in WordPress do not show well with third parties where we publish our articles. Align, lists, adding forms, etc., etc : don't bother. We can't do anything about that, sorry.

Each paragraph and subheader should be in a separate paragraph.

Subheaders should be in bold, you can do that by selecting the text and pressing the B to the top left of the body text box.

5 - Advanced lay-out

If you're finished with your text, you can do some additional things with the editor:

In 99.99% of cases you'll need only two: The double quote-icon is used to make streamers/quotes. Select a text (preferably a short one) and click on the quotes icon: voila!. This should also be on a new paragraph: so enter your quote and press enter afterwards.

The other one you might need is this one:

It's used to enter hyperlinks. Select text, click on the link, fill in a link, and then click the blue pencil.

Done. All other icons: you can use them if you know what you're doing, and at your own risk. But assume that on many sites where our articles are published the results will either not be visible or look weird. Our advice: do not use them.

6 - Add images

Each article must have at least one image. If you can't find anything, we can help. Please use images that you're allowed to use. If you don't, we do not accept responsibility, so please check if you can use the images you choose. Photographers need to make a living too. We have (limited) access to the image databases, so you can ask if you need help searching. To upload an image, choose 'Set featured image' ('Uitgelichte afbeelding kiezen') near the bottom right of your post page:

Then choose 'Upload file' and drag or select your image. You MUST enter a caption. In the 'Caption' ('Onderschrift') field, not anywhere else.

Then add your image.

This 'featured image' is first on in your article. That's not to say it will also always be the first one on sites like Blendle, they have a funny way of sometimes mixing up images. You can put up to nine other images in your text by clicking 'Add Media', top left above the body text. The procedure is similar to adding featured images.

7 - What kind of images?

To start: please treat a video link as a regular link. We can embed video, most external sites like Blendle wil not show it embedded. So it does not make much sense to use embedded video. So you can best use a regular link: select text, click the link icon, fill link, click 'Add Link'.

Images: you must be allowed to use them, and they need a caption and a credit for the photographer. If they don't have the latter, we will not publish them. Furthermore, they should be as large as possible. If it is enormous it is automatically scaled, so don't worry about site speed. You can not upload TIFF's, you can upload GIF's but only the first image will show. Large images are no problem, small images are. A picture MUST be at least  be 500 pixels in width and height. If your image is too small: please use a bigger one.

8 - Publishing

When you're all set, there is just one thing you need to do: save the document. You cannot publish yourself, we need to do technical checks first.

Click here, at the right sidebar in your article:

9 - What happens then?

- It usually takes about an hour before items are live in Blendle and other sites we work with. Occasionally these sites have technical problems, so it may take a little longer.

- It is NOT easy to adjust mistakes, so edit your text well before you publish it. On Blendle corrections don't update automatically, please notify us if we need to change your post. If it's really urgent (because of legal reasons, for example) we can probably help you out, but this may take some time. We don't do any editing ourselves.

10 - Finally

These are the basics of our CMS, they are in almost all cases sufficient. If you need further assistance we have  a closed Facebook group, (Dutch, but we understand English...) and you can also mail to: support@reportersonline.nl. We try to reply as soon as possible - we usually (but not always) succeed.