Online Manager’s Blog #2: Text-to-speech capabilities


Chase CharabaOnline and Social Media Manager

The Puyallup Post’s website now allows readers to listen to articles with Responsive Voice, a free plugin for self-hosted WordPress sites.

This new feature was added due to a student request for more accessible features for those in the college Accessibility and Disabilities Services.

On puyalluppost.com, readers can open an article they wish to read and once the page loads, readers have the option to click a red button just below the headline that says “Listen to Article.” Clicking this option will initiate the text-to-speech service.

The program reads only the text in the article, including who wrote it and the person’s position, unlike some programs that read the entire website.

Improvements can’t be made to this new feature because it’s a free product made by an outside source, although newer features can be included on the website in the future if a new program is purchased.

This feature is a continuation of The Puyallup Post’s goal to make their online presence more accessible and relevant to all students on campus.

The Puyallup Post is the award-winning student news of Pierce College Puyallup in Puyallup, Washington. Copyright The Puyallup Post 2017. Twitter/Instagram @puyalluppost

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It’s absolutely insane to think that I’m one of the co-editors-in-chief of The Puyallup Post for the 2016-17 school year. Last year I served as online/social media manager for The Post, but I became involved in journalism in 2012 as a reporter for the Emerald Ridge High School JagWire, where I eventually became co-editor-in-chief in 2014. I’ve covered a variety of topics throughout the years and I am committed to helping The Post grow into a multifaceted 21st century newsroom.
Other than being involved in journalism I write epic/high fantasy novels (book one is sitting at 230 pages), continuously add to my growing collection of 500 vinyl records and make videos on YouTube. I am planning to transfer to University of Washington -Tacoma to earn my Bachelor’s of Science in IT, but my dream is to one day publish my novels.
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It’s absolutely insane to think that I’m one of the co-editors-in-chief of The Puyallup Post for the 2016-17 school year. Last year I served as online/social media manager for The Post, but I became involved in journalism in 2012 as a reporter for the Emerald Ridge High School JagWire, where I eventually became co-editor-in-chief in 2014. I’ve covered a variety of topics throughout the years and I am committed to helping The Post grow into a multifaceted 21st century newsroom.
Other than being involved in journalism I write epic/high fantasy novels (book one is sitting at 230 pages), continuously add to my growing collection of 500 vinyl records and make videos on YouTube. I am planning to transfer to University of Washington -Tacoma to earn my Bachelor’s of Science in IT, but my dream is to one day publish my novels.

Online Manager’s Blog #2: Text-to-speech capabilities

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