Worth 15 quiz points
Your assignment is to curate a summary of a news story using Storify.
You have three story choices. Pick one.
1. During the big snow storm in January, some towns on the Jersey shore experienced flooding. This week it is happening again. What are the flooding issues? Where are they most severe? Why is this becoming a more urgent issue? Who is working to address this? What are possible solutions? Can this be fixed?
2. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie finished sixth in the New Hampshire primary yesterday. Curate a story about the rise and fall of Christie’s presidential ambitions. What have been the high and low points so far? What happens next? Does he drop out? Is there any way he can stay in the race?
3. A UCLA gymnast named Sophina DeJesus inserted hip-hop dance moves into her floor routine at a competition over the weekend. A video of it has generated a lot of interest and comments on social media. Who is she? What did she do? Why is this interesting? How is the gymnastics world reacting? How is the wider sports world reacting?
Storify is just the tool for doing this. The main goal of the assignment is to practice the key aspects of journalistic curation, including how to:
- Identify essential pieces information
- Verify sources and check facts
- Provide context to social media posts
- Assemble a summary or narrative of a news story that makes sense of a chaotic bunch of information
- Play to the strengths of individual media elements (text, photos, sound, video, graphics) to create the most compelling content
- Pay attention to contiguity – how individual media elements (text, photos, sound, video, graphics) relate to each other
For this curation assignment, you are required to (and be graded on):
Include at least six (6) sources from at least three (3) different social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Google News, YouTube, etc).
Include at least two (2) visuals – photos, video or both. Each visual must be relevant and provide valuable insight or information to your topic.
Verify each source of information that you include in your Storify. Each source included needs to be credible and directly relevant to your topic. For example, with a Twitter source, look at their previous tweets and look at the information they are sharing. The profile information on a social media account should be clear. Would you be able to contact this source for more information or verification?
Fact-check each key piece of information by confirming it from another source.
Write text summaries that cover the five Ws. If your social media elements need explanation, clarification or connection you must write that in the space above them. For example, they can further explain the ideas from your social media elements, explain how different items are connected, and/or introduce the ideas from the elements and where they are from.
Write a compelling headline and a short summary at the top of your Storify. Your headline should include key words for search, convey the main point of your Storify, and be compel the reader to continue.
Your completed Storify should summarize the key aspects of story, provide compelling social media content, and provide links to learn more.
- Before you start, read Storify’s top tips for curating with ease.
- Go to Storify.com to sign up for an account. If you log in with a Twitter or FB account it will connect to those accounts.
- Click on New Story button.
- This will take you to the “Create a Story” screen. The left-hand side is where you build the story and the right-hand side of the screen contains a list of social media elements. You can search for content from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Google, RSS feeds and there’s also an option to paste in specific urls. The “+” sign at the right will reveal more options.
- Use the search features to find the best information from different sources. You can explore them and then drag and drop into your timeline.
- You can add text to introduce individual media elements or to advance the summary or narrative.
- You can rearrange the order of your elements as you go.
- When you are finished compiling your Storify, write your headline and 100 word summary at the top.
- Hit “Publish” (blue button at the top of the toolbar)
- Email me a link to your Storify.