Curation Journalism is rapidly becoming a buzz word. In the field of journalism and digital education, meaning making is still going on about exactly what Curation Journalism is and how it will impact or reframe the craft of journalism. As curation evolves, the means to curate a story inevitably will, too. There are dozens of free curation tools, but Storify has emerged as one of the most innovative and popular tools for curation.
As educators we need to teach our students:
- What curation is
- What good and bad curation looks like
- How to curate a story successfully
To introduce any skill, models are critical. If you are ready to dive in and show your students some real examples of curation, I have gathered three solid examples The text of each story if included here. Use them with your students or just for yourself to get more familiar with what a curated story looks like using Storify.
Ben Doernberf’s Occupy Wall Street Storify Story
Back in November, college junior Ben Doernberg assembled a Storify detailing the New York Police Department’s eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park. The story was picked up by numerous outlets, including the Washington Post. The curated story was itself viewed over 23,000 times.
Al-Jazeera Al-Jazeera recently launched “The Stream.” This relies on Storify to include perspectives from social media into various stories. Most recently, they created a Storify on the Republican primaries in Iowa.
Knight Center for Journalism
The center used Storify to create a story showcasing feedback from their 12th annual International Symposium on Online Journalism.