The final assignment: Curating content and some final thoughts

2 Oct , 2015  

OK, this is it! The final assignment for our “Crowdsourcing Journalism” class. We’re excited about the theĀ solid content you’ve created on your own Ram Pages site — now it’s time to collect that, along with some of your own work, into something easily “digestible” for online consumers; this is called “curation.” We’d also like you to write a little about your thinking and doing in this class. Finally, you’ll read and comment on some of your classmates’ work and thoughts. Read on for the details.

What’s curation? And curating content?

Before we get to the assignment let’s talk for a minute about curation. According to Wikipedia (which can be a good place to start an online search, and not so good to end it), digital curation is “the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets. Digital curation establishes, maintains and adds value to repositories of digital data for present and future use. This is often accomplished by archivists, librarians, scientists, historians, and scholars.”

Note “selection”, “collection” and “adds value.” When you take some time to really think about what you’re pulling together and posting you’re doing your online readers a big favor and creating something new that’s worth spending time with.

Fincham StorifyThe online tool you’ll use for this assignment is called Storify. As you’ll see it’s very powerful, allowing you to collect and display Tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube videos and other content in a really nice online presentation. One of our professor colleagues, Kelly Fincham, did a good Storify, “The updated guide to Storify for journalists,” that both shows how to post one (it’s a bit dated, though; use Jeff’s updated guide below) and has some discussion about why this is useful for journalists.

Here are a few other (one could say curated šŸ™‚ ) Ā articles about curation:

Journalism *is* curation: tips on curation tools and techniques

10 ways journalists can use Storify

Why curation is important to the future of journalism

Part 1: Create a Storify

Now that you know something about curating content we’d like you to curate your own and others in a Storify that recapsĀ the UCI Worlds.

Your Storify must have at least 10 elements (meaning separate pieces of social media). At least three of those elements should be things you produced: a tweet, a photo, a blog post, a video, etc.

How do you create a Storify? Follow’s Jeff’sĀ Storify tutorial.

After you publish your Storify, create a blog post on Rampages. Post the link to your published Storify on your blog post. (You don’t have to embed the Storify on your blog because that can get complicated. But kudos to you if you figure it out.)

Part 2: Share your thoughts

In a separate post from your Storify link we’d like you to take a few paragraphs and share with us–and everyone–some of your thoughts about what you thought about and did for this class. You’ll come at it from your own angle depending on your major, previous experiences and experience covering the UCI Worlds. That’s OK. Was any of this new for you? Hopefully you found something particularly interesting? We’re not digging for compliments here; instead we want you to reflect on the experience and get a few good “take aways.”

Write at least three solid paragraphs (each with at least three sentences). First person is OK. Get deep.

Part 3: Comment on your classmates’ work and thoughts

Using the links on this site visit at least three of your classmates’ sites and comment on their Storify and their final thoughts. You don’t have to comment on both on the same site. So, post three comments on Storifys and three comments on final thoughts–six comments in all. Be kind and constructive.

When’s this due?

Have your Storify and final thoughts posted no later than Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Have your six comments (three Storify, three on final thoughts) posted no later than Friday, Oct. 9.

Questions? Just let us know. We’re really looking forward to seeing what you put together!


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