National Press Club

Blogging, RSS Classes Dec. 18; $10 Each

October 27, 2009 | By Beth Shankle |

Blogging and RSS classes are Friday, Dec. 18, in the 13th floor Bloomberg Center for Electronic Journalism. Sign up for one or both

  • 9:30 to 10:30 am – Basics of Blogging
  • 11:00 to Noon – Build Your Own Newsstand (using RSS)

Each class is one hour. The fee is $10 per class for NPC members and $15 per class for non-members. Pay by credit card, check, or member account.

Register online at or by contacting Beth Shankle at or 202-662-7509. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops for any of the sessions, but computers will also be provided.

In “Basics of Blogging,” participants will set up a blog using Blogger and learn how to format their posts, add videos and pictures, easily include ads, and monitor the blog statistics using FeedBurner. The class is limited to 15 people.

In “Build Your Own Newsstand,” we will discuss how you can create your personalized news list by using RSS feeds. We will start by talking about what RSS is, where you can find RSS feeds, and how you can subscribe to them. By the end of the class all participants will have a Google Reader account and will have subscribed to a newspaper columnist, a blog, a Twitter feed and a Flickr feed. The class is limited to 15 people.

Thanks to the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation for their generous support of the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library’s computer-based training programs.