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My Take: I used to joke that content curators used to be called journalists. But if nonprofits truly want to reap the benefits of content curation (increased staff expertise and reduced information overload) - not to mention the value of curation as part of your content strategy - than following the practices outlined in the article are very very very important.
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Robin Good: I agree and I have said it before: Curation has nothing to do with personal expression or sharing nor with collecting links, tweets or blog posts that you may find interesting.
Curation is all about "taking care" of something in the sense of helping someone "else" be able to dive in and make sense of a specific topic, issue, event or news story. It is about collecting, but it is also about explaining, illustrating, bringing in different points of view and updating the view as it changes.
Adam Schweigert captures the essence of it elegantly: "...[curation] it almost certainly involves broader responsibility than just tracking a big story and putting together a Storify of how it unfolded.
It’s more than blogging a daily roundup of the stories our audience cares about but our publication is not going to do original reporting on.
It’s more than becoming the Twitter account that people look to because we’re not afraid to retweet our competitors if they have a story that matters to our followers before we can report it ourselves.
Naturally we should continue to do all of those things as well, but I would argue that it is important that would-be curators of news go at least one step further.
Part guide and collector, part interpreter, part researcher, part archivist, the curator of news does all of the above:
a) collects and organizes information,
b) places it in a broader context,
c) mines the archives to surface bits of historical information, advances our understanding of the story and the driving forces behind it and, perhaps most importantly,
d) takes care to ensure that a story is properly maintained and told in the best possible way for our audience to take it in.
Curation is not really about reducing costs and operating more efficiently (although aggregation certainly is).
Curation is about taking care to ensure that our audience has the best possible information, context and presentation for that information."
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Via Robin Good, Beth Kanter
First, a transmedia approach to journalism would require that it be designed as transmedia from the start. Editors must consider what media are available to them and how the individual strengths of those media can be used to the story’s advantage...
[Another excellent piece from Kevin Moloney ....]
Via The Digital Rocking Chair
I selected this article because it reaffirms what many of us already know but it's still good to see this in writing: Content curation and Media Curation (a mix of machine aggregation and Human Curation) are starting to pick up steam.
Here are some highlights:
Curation comes up when search stops working,” says author and NYU Professor Clay Shirky. But it’s more than a human-powered filter.
**“Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.”
The author says and I agree with him:
**"The value will be in the expertise of the curator, people will not read junk, and the best of the best curators will create digital domination with vibrant communities".
There is also a great quote from Fred Wilson's AVB blog in which he details what he would do if he were starting the Village Voice now:
**I would not print anything. I would not hire a ton of writers. I would build a website and a mobile app (or two or three). I would hire a Publisher and a few salespeople.
**I would hire an editor and a few journalists. And then I’d go out and find every blog, twitter, facebook, flickr, youtube, and other social media feed out there that is related to downtown NYC
**and I would pull it all into an aggregation system where my editor and journalists could cull through the posts coming in, curate them, and then publish them
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read full article: [http://bit.ly/kmZvJg]
I see clear parallels between journalists and content curators and believe these are at least partly demonstrated by the points I have chosen to quote and particularly the smaller portions I bolded. I look forward to clear and growing collaborations . We have much to learn from each other.
Ross also points out the trend towards personalized and local news delivery and suggests that journalists will need to understand how social curation works. And for me, this is the key to the overlap between the established profession of journalism and the still developing discipline of content curation.
Ross sets the tone by stating:
"There are eight aspects of news that its audience will value, be prepared to pay for, and that will provide a viable financial foundation for quality journalism in the emerging media environment."
The article delves into each of these. Here's what particularly caught my attention.
**Timeliness is becoming ever-more important in a world ravenous for immediacy.
**Investigative reporting will retain a central role in society. Increasingly this will involve data analysis, and often harnessing information and insights provided by many citizens.
**Insight, through adding context, analysis, and synthesis to news, is where some of the greatest value lies, particularly in business and political journalism.
**Those who can provide this insight, be they domain experts or journalists with the requisite breadth of experience, will always have a bright future.
**The skills required to present information, ideas and data in a visual and highly aesthetic format will shift far closer to the heart of what it is to be a journalist.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/zn9rpM]