In-Class Assignment: Curating with Storify

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Week 4 – Feb. 8 and 10

In class:
-After-Hours Forms
-Return Quiz #1
-Assignment 1 feedback?
Reviewing some basics: Headlines, featured image, formatting, and hyperlinks
Curation as Journalism
Verification as Journalism
-Curating with Storify (In-class assignment – Worth 15 quiz points)

Assignments:
Read the following for Wednesday:
-How AJ+ reported from Baltimore using only mobile phones (Poynter)
-Read How to grow a social media community from scratch (NPR)
-Read Get a Twitter habit: 5 things to do every day until it sticks (NPR)
-Read How to tell powerful narratives on Instagram (Nieman Storyboard)
-Read Here’s how 6 news orgs are thinking about the chat app (Nieman Lab)
-Read Storify’s top tips for curating with ease (Storify)

Working on Assignment 1: Event due February 22

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Reviewing the basics: Headlines, featured image, formatting, and hyperlinks

Four things to keep in mind for all of your stories this semester:

1.Headlines

2. Featured image or thumbnail for your story

3. Writing – and formatting your writing – for the web

4. Hyperlinks

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Curation as Journalism

Curate – To gather, source, verify and redistribute information or social media elements to track an event. If done well, it can make sense of chaos and create a narrative of an event. “I think curation has always been part of journalism; we just didn’t call it that.” – Andy Carvin.

Examples from ONA 2015 finalists:

Storify is a great tool for curating a story

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Verification as Journalism

The following are notes from Verification Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Verifying Digital Content for Emergency Coverage – A great resource (pdf is free)

Verify – The process of establishing the truth, accuracy, or validity of something.

“We should be more transparent about what we know and don’t know. We should actively address rumors being circulated online. Rather than pretending they’re not circulating, or that they’re not our concern, we should tackle them head-on, challenging the public to question them, scrutinize them, understand where they might have come from, and why.” – Andy Carvin

Verification employs a mix of three factors (by Steve Buttry):

  1. A person’s resourcefulness, persistence, skepticism and skill
  2. Sources’ knowledge, reliability and honesty, and the number, variety and reliability of sources you can find and persuade to talk
  3. Documentation

Basic Steps of Verification

1. Provenance: Is this the original piece of content?

2. Source: Who uploaded the content?

3. Date: When was the content created?

4. Location: Where was the content created?

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Week 3 – Feb. 1 and 3

In class:
-Get access to ruoj2roughdraft.wordpress.com
-More about Assignment 1: Event (Examples: Fishtown Street Food Festival and Madonna in AC)
Quiz #1 reading and lectures on Wednesday. It will cover any reading and lectures posted here dating back to Week 1. It will also cover:
Lecture: The art of story hunting
How to pitch a story for this class (the “XY And what’s interesting test”)
-Watch Ira Glass on Storytelling Part 2 and Part 3
Pitch for Assignment 1 due on Wednesday. Once it’s approved you can start working on your workflow.

Reading:
-How AJ+ reported from Baltimore using only mobile phones (Poynter)
-Read How to grow a social media community from scratch (NPR)
-Read Get a Twitter habit: 5 things to do every day until it sticks (NPR)
-Read How to tell powerful narratives on Instagram (Nieman Storyboard)
-Read Here’s how 6 news orgs are thinking about the chat app (Nieman Lab)

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How to post your workflow for Assignment 1

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What does digital-first strategy look like for BillyPenn.com?

   
 

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Reimagining the football story brainstorming

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OJA inspiration

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