In today’s Digital Journalism class we explored aspects of curating social media and news sources. Curating and archiving online news and social media is important because it is highly transient, which means that it can be modified, moved or deleted very quickly, making it difficult to track after the date it is first viewed. A key tool for curating social media sites, such as Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo and Instagram, is the website Storify. Using this tool you can search through recent activity on many social media sites, search engines and news sites to find out what is being published or said about a subject in real-time.  Storify seems to be an incredibly powerful tool for curating information, with its simple drag and drop feature and impressive number of integrated sources. Obviously there are pitfalls and it could be improved with a more accurate search tool, but as long as I follow a few tips like these by Girl Journalist, then my two week long news story curation piece should go well.

During the class I was tasked with creating a short curation piece on a current news story to get to grips with Storify. You can see my piece on the protests in Tahir Square, Egypt here. I feel happy with how the class went and the work I have created. The main difficulty was ensuring that the items I was selecting were the most recent and up-to-date. I also found that Twitter was the best integrated into Storify, whereas Facebook would not return very accurate or reliable search results. The same goes for Instagram, which would only allow a one word search, making it very difficult to return accurate results. Another big problem which I faced, and will no doubt face during my big curation piece is copyright on images. I found it easy to find relevant images, but almost impossible to find relevant images with a creative commons licence. Other than these issues, I feel that I have ended up with some decent and informative results.

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