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Best of DJTF Blog: Resources To Build That Perfect Portfolio Website

Editor’s note: We are taking this week off to enjoy the holidays with our families.  So this week, we’ll be re-running past posts.  Today’s post is from DJTF immediate past chair Benet Wilson, who posts tips on how to build a professional online portfolio.  It originally ran on July 5.  Also, join the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force for a virtual conference “New Year, New You,” on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. In four hour-long sessions, attendees will learn mobile journalism tips and tricks, how to create an online portfolio, steps needed to create your journalism brand and taking your resume to the next level.  You can take 1, 2, 3, or all 4 webinars, and they will be recorded in case you can’t make it. Click here for more information. Enjoy!

As preparation continues for this year’s National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention and Career Fair, I can feel the excitement and preparation that is taking place.  One of the key items you need to have in time for the convention is an online portfolio where potential employers can see your work all in one place.

Michelle Johnson, Associate Professor of the Practice, Journalism at Boston University, NABJ Educator of the Year AND one of my digital journalism heroes, did a workshop at the 2011 Philadelphia convention –The One-minute Media Mogul: Creating Online Portfolios — that is my go-to resource.  When I got laid off in October 2011, Michelle was one of the first people I called. I wanted to get her notes from her great presentation so I could create my own portfolio.

She kindly gave me permission to share them, so here they are, as promised. I’d love to hear from you on which site you decide to use, and send links to see what you came up with.  Thanks!!

For Building a Free/Low-cost Portfolio or Website (for setting up a “self-hosted” version of WordPress)

Tips: Creating an Online Portfolio Using WordPress
WordPress is not just for blogging! It’s a full-fledged “content management system” that you can use to build a web site. With just a few tweaks, you can easily and quickly launch your own site. See these articles for details:
CUNY: Creating a Top-Notch Journalist Portfolio

How to Build a Distinctive Portfolio Site vs hosted WordPress

“Self-hosted” WordPress tutorials:
How to Install WordPress
Installing Themes
Setting up WordPress as a CMS (videos) Tutorials/Help
If you are using the free version of WordPress, look here for tips on how to configure your site: Support

Embedding documents
Do you want to embed : – Need to embed a pdf of your resume? Try scribd. – Similiar to Scribd.
Tutorial: How to Embed PDF, Spreadsheets, etc. into WordPress
WordPress Plugin: Google Doc Embedder (Note: this works only for the self-hosted version of WordPress, not the free version.

WordPress Themes (aka templates) Theme Showcase:

Note: The themes below are for “self-hosted” WordPress sites. You cannot install your own themes on the freebie sites available at

Graph Paper Press: Great templates for photographers, visual types
Gabfire: For creating a news site. My personal favorite. Tip: Click on “Wordpress” in the navigation bar first to filter out other formats. vs.
This article compares the two.


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