The fact of the matter is that tons of content has been created. It is out there, it exists and the average reader has access to the same materials that the journalist does.
Curation Journalism is about making new meaning by combining existing content in a deliberate way. By applying a perspective, journalists weave together existing context to create a new narrative. Adding additional media is not curation. Supplying links to information is not curation. The selection, filtering, editing, and organizing is what Curation Journalists do. This building of context helps to make new, collective meaning from the world and share it as a digestible package with readers. Curators are responsible for establishing the scope and perspective that they want to present to share a story and shape the visitor’s experience.
Without this experience it is just Link Journalism or Aggregation. As curriculum evolves, teaching writers to curate is mostly the foundation of New Media.