Posts Tagged ‘curation’

logoI’ve been using a Beta site called Storyful for the past couple of weeks after being attracted by the notion of skilful journalistic curation of big stories in real time.

The team collates reports, pictures, video and comment from multiple sources – some traditional news content, some UGC material – and incorporates social network elements to build stories with a range of perspectives.

The journalists behind it say Storyful: “Separates streams of useful news from a river of useless noise. We discover the authentic voices and primary sources on the big stories.”

From what I’ve seen so far, it’s useful, interesting, and novel though I can’t vouch for the rigour of their verification of sources.

Watching a story being built in real-time using the best of the web is fun and, more importantly, opens the door to deeper engagement.

Last week while reading about the Pakistan drone strikes it led me to this fascinating insight into the life of a drone “pilot”

The video is nearly 11’ long but if you join around the 8’ 50“ mark you’ll hear an airman say: “The thing I enjoy most about the job is knowing what’s going to be in the paper the next day and, when I read about it, knowing I was involved.”

This is a view of the future of modern warfare, fought thousands of miles from the battlefront and from what looks like a converted freight container. Incredible.


reuters hqCommunity management of conversations around stories has taken a new turn at Reuters where they’re offering points to people whose comments are civil, thoughtful and add to the sum total.

On some stories, the “conversation” had been little more than partisans slinging invective at each other under the cloak of anonymity, said Global Editor for Consumer Media Richard Baum.

Reuters had agonized over how to achieve more rewarding discussions before coming up with the points system in which people whose comments were approved gained a point, those who were off topic or transgressed rules lost a point.

High scoring commentators are classed as expert users and get extra – as yet unspecified – privileges. Interestingly, statistics for reader contributions are visible to all – creating a sort of reputational league table.

There are now any number of sites curating content in interesting ways – by peer group or social network for instance – and for the most part it’s done by automated programs.

The latest to come to my attention – Mediagazer – combines automated aggregation with selections by “knowledgable editors” to create “the day’s must-read media news on a single page”.

For sheer pizzazz it doesn’t come near The Daily Beast but it does offer a number of cuts of its content including a chronology, versions for smartphones and simpler mobiles, and by top sources.

For serendipitous discovery of interesting content it beats the Beast hands down.

The Google sewage factory in action

The story behind the Wikileaks log

How Max headroom predicted the demise of TV journalism

Current big brand websites are going to have to devote a lot more time and energy to intelligent curation within their pages to add value to what they do.