An Historic Win for Marriage Equality

Supreme Court backs same sex marriage in a 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court decided in favor of marriage equality. SCOTUSblog, the leader in Supreme Court news and legal analysis tweeted the ruling.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, as predicted, was the swing vote in the 5-4 decision that fell along conservative and liberal lines.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the dissent and expressed dismay that the issue was decided by the court, and not through a democratic process.

The case marked the culmination of a long battle by Jim Obergefell, who legally married John Arthur in Maryland, but was denied widower’s rights when his husband died in Ohio.

President Obama hailed the ruling.

Reaction on social media was ebullient, filled with emoticons and images of celebration with the hashtag, #lovewins.

Celebrities chimed in their support of the decision.

The Republican presidential candidates expressed disappointment in the ruling objecting on religious reasons and citing state’s rights.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton marked the moment by wrapping her logo in a rainbow, the symbol of the gay rights movement. Her stance toward the issue has shifted gradually, only fully supporting gay marriage in 2013.

The case will surely go down in the history books as an important legal landmark, one perhaps as significant as Brown v. Board of Education or Roe v. Wade. Whether it was a victory for civil rights or a defeat for religious liberty and state’s rights, this day undeniably marked a milestone for the nation.


How to Embed a Tweet in a WordPress Post

Find your Tweet and click on the time/date stamp

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The tweet will appear, with its own unique URL (website address). Copy the website address.

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Now, just paste that long URL into your WordPress blog post, and WordPress will automatically embed the tweet.

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Storify Tutorial and Resources

StorifyΒ is aΒ 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 ReadΒ the professor’s example of a Storify story, about the historic Supreme Court case that legalized gay marriage.

2 BrowseΒ Mashable’s use of StorifyΒ (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:

  1. 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.
  2. Aggregation:Β 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.
  3. Verification:Β 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?
  4. Contextualization:Β Add value to the collectedΒ 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.
  5. Organization:Β 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.

3Β Read thisΒ tutorial on Storify from the University of Wisconsin and thisΒ 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:

  1. A headline
  2. A deck (the short text just below the headline)
  3. At least 10 tweets, curated and organized.
  4. At least oneΒ YouTube video
  5. 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 oneΒ 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

Best stories for StorifyΒ packages