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INI101: Blogging the just city

This guide supports the class taught by Prof. Shawn Micallef.

Writing on Medium Plaform

Manage your Stories on Medium: 

Click on the link above to learn more about: 

Types of Stories (Posts) on Medium:

  • Drafts are unfinished posts that have not yet been published. Other Medium account holders can only read your draft if you share the URL.
  • Public posts are published and can be read by anyone from your profile page and elsewhere on Medium.
  • Unlisted posts are also published posts, but they cannot be viewed from your profile page or in the Medium network. You must share the post URL for people to be able to read them. 
    • Learn more about unlisted publishing.
    • Publishing unlisted stories is not supported on mobile apps.
    • Unlisted stories will not appear in the home feed, profile page, tag page, or search on Medium, nor will they appear in notifications or email digests. 
    • To share an unlisted story, simply share the URL of the post. Unlisted stories are not password protected, and anyone who has the link will be able to view the post.

Formatting a Post on Medium

Take a look at Writing & Editing pages in Medium Help Center, including: 

Using the story editor:

  • Writing and formatting stories on Medium is super simple—just select the text you want to format and choose the relevant option from the toolbar.
  • Formatting your content 
    • Links (embed a hyperlink in your post)
    • Titles, subtitles, headers, and subheaders (heading formatting is crucial for accessibility)
    • Quotes
    • Mentions (To mention another Medium user in a post, type the @ symbol and then the name or username of the person you want to mention)
    • Lists (Simple bulleted and numbered lists)
  • Troubleshooting issues with editing a story

Add Images in your Medium Posts

Using images

  • Embed Images from UnSplash 
    • "Over 400,000 high-resolution photos on Unsplash are now available in Medium. If you’re writing a story on Medium and you want to add a photo, simply click the search icon and select the photo you want." Learn more -  Cho, M. (2018). Medium + Unsplash. Medium.Com.
  • Preferred image sizes
    • Learn what dimensions work best for images on the Medium platform so the images embedded in your posts look great. 
  • Image placement
    • Learn how to position and display images when crafting a post on Medium. 
  • Image alt text:  
    • Important tips on how to add hidden text that describes the image for readers using screenreaders and ensure that your post meets Wed Accessibility standards set out by Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
    • Learn more about Web Accessibility: 
  • Image captions
    • Create Image Captions to engage readers, enhance your content quality and give credit to the Image creators / sources
  • Grid layout for multiple images
  • Image links
    • Learn how to set up an image so it's a clickable link 

Embed other Content in Medium

Medium editor supports embedding content from third-party services, such as Twitter, Instagram, Github gists, and more

Trouble importing content using the import tool

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