The workshop consists of modules of information packets, discussion notes, and directed tasks concerning specific operations of JeffersonNet, the WordPress-based content management system of ICONN. There are four one-hour video conferences scheduled. Participation in these conferences is optional but highly recommended. All other work can be completed by the participants any time during the duration of the workshop.
Registering for the workshop. To register for the workshop:
— Fill out the registration form.
— Register the domain name for your news website and send us that information. (You must do this by the registration deadline, or your registration will be invalid.) If your website already exists, let us know that.
— Send in your $25 registration fee. Check should be made payable to the University of Tennessee.
Establishing a news website on the ISONN system. The Interscholastic Online News Network will set up and host a news website for your school or campus at no cost. The only out-of-pocket expense for you is to reserve a domain name. You can normally do this for less than $10 a year. We recommend GoDaddy.com as a service for doing this because of their prices.
Once you have reserved the name you want, let us know what it is. We will ask you to do one more thing: change the DNS servers on the account where you have reserved your domain name. If you are using GoDaddy, here’s how:
- Log in to your Account Manager.
- In the My Products section, select Domain Manager.
- Select the domain name(s) you want to modify.
- From (Nameservers), select Set Nameservers.
- Select the following option: I have specific nameservers for my domains
- Enter the following two nameservers: dns1.stabletransit.com and dns2.stabletransit.com.
Assuming all this is completed, your website will be up and available by the time of the workshop.
If you already have a website established, that site can join ISONN and derive the benefits of membership in the only organization solely devoted to scholastic online journalism. Those benefits include being a contributor to and a recipient of the ISONN NewsStream, a news service derived from the content of the ISONN and Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN) members. The articles, pictures, slideshows and video that your student produce will also be eligible for distribution on the ISONN NewsStream.
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