‘Traditionalist vs. innovator’, Black Panther style

As I get ready for a class on visual storytelling, where else should one look this week but to the eye-popping “Black Panther” movie?

In this New York Times video, we get a view from the director’s seat of a car-chase scene in the film.  Ryan Cogler, co-writer and director, makes a special point of identifying traditionalists versus innovators  Kinda like legacy news organizations and digital natives.

(Which, despite the NYT embed code, did not translate into a true embed in this WP blog.)

Testing Instagram embed code in WP posts, with success

A student said she could not embed Insta posts in her blog.  My knee-jerk reply is that the two probably didn’t play nice together.

Now, i’m testing it with the embed code provided by Instagram with each post.

First:  I tried getting the Insta URL by simply clicking on the copy URL option. It wouldn’t take. so, then I went to the field showing the code, and copied it there. OK.  Then i pasted it into the Visual option in the WP post.  It showed the code; no good. Then I posted it in the HtmL option, and got a blank square.

But wait, there’s more.

Then I did the smart thing. I looked it up in WordPress support.  And it’s much simpler to do.


Bottom line: Instead of using embed code,  grab the post’s URL.  Then paste it on a line in the Visual editor view.  Voila. It’s there.

Tip: Switch to the HTML view so you can see what the code looks like.


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Super fans: Matt vs. Jess

These are pre-Super Bowl photos. Now for some post-pix.

Can WordPress sub for disappearing Storify?

Yes, it can. At least, when using some social media links, such as Twitter. H/T to Alan Levine for sharing a collection of how to replace the simple, yet versatile curator Storify.

As Levine says:

WordPress has, and has had for a while, the ability to automatically embed social media content by simply putting the URL for a tweet, or the url of a youtube/vimeo video, the urls of a flickr photo, the url of a SoundCloud track as plain text on a blank line in the WordPress editor.

How does it work? Simply go to the HTML view of a blog post. Copy in the URL on one line, for example, to the tweet you want to add to your curated collection. You can also list links to YouTube and more. You can add text above and below, too, for context,as you could in storify.

Here’s an example, courtesy of some tweets by former JO304 student Alanna McDonough-Rice. Compare to an original Storify by alanna.

1.text here

2.text here

3.text here

Not bad.

Of course, you can always embed a tweet in a WordPress post. Like so — but there’s a lot more code behind the scenes: