Storify is a tool to curate social media reactions and news and to present it in a coherent package.
Distance Learning Class (2/23/2017) for JRNL10
1 Read the professor’s example of a Storify story, about the historic Supreme Court case that legalized gay marriage.
2 Browse Mashable’s use of Storify (warning: it’s very long and there’s no need to read everything) to compile the continuously updating story of the Brussel’s terror attack.
Notice that a Storify package can take different forms. My example is compact and more structured, first providing the information and then providing reactions to the news. Mashable’s example uses Storify as a platform to collect updates, so it is in reverse chronological order, much like a blog. A summary is provided at the top, but if you want to read it as a narrative, you must begin at the very bottom and work your way up.
In both cases, a successful Storify package is not just a list of tweets. Storify is about:
- Curation: To “curate”, like a museum curator, is to select the best items from a wide range of things. Your job is to pick out the items that are most relevant and most newsworthy for your story.
- Aggregation: Aggregation is the act of putting things together. So you’re taking many disparate pieces of social media (different tweets, videos, Instagram posts, links, etc.) into one group.
- Verification: As a journalist, you’re responsible for vetting the content. Don’t just include tweets without checking the source. Is this person credible? Is the information accurate?
- Contextualization: Add value to the collected social media. Explain to your audience what it all means, provide some background information–who are the characters, what is the issue–and link to other published material or articles.
- Organization: Create some structure to your social media items. Will you present it in chronological order? Can you group the social media reaction? (what is the official response from the gov’t? what did celebrities say? politicians? eyewitnesses? other journalists or news organizations?)
Finally, think visually: Look for tweets with videos or images–they work best. Look for some visual variety to help pace the story on the page and to make it more graphically interesting.
3 Read this tutorial on Storify from the University of Wisconsin and this tutorial from Kelly Fincham at Hofstra.
4 Make sure that you also view the following video by Mindy McAdams from the University of Florida.
5. Now it’s your turn to try it out. Create a free account on Storify and start making your own story. The topic of the Storify Distance Learning assignment will be announced before class. Your package must contain:
- A headline
- A deck (the short text just below the headline)
- At least 10 tweets, curated and organized.
- At least one YouTube video
- Original writing to provide context and connect the different social media elements and to transition from one thought to the next. You should incorporate at least one hyperlink within your text.
6. Post the link to your published Storify package with your name to the comments section of this blog post. Look at one of your classmate’s example. I want to see that you’re able to create a basic Storify package to complete the graded Storify assignment (topic of your choice) due Feb. 28.
Additional (optional) resources:
How to create Storify packages