Josh Stearns on Storify

Many thanks to Josh Stearns of Free Press for joining us today and talking about his 2011 Storify of the Year. Please write a standard-length blog post on his talk with at least three links. Deadline: End of the day on Friday.

And here are some ideas and resources that he has passed along:

Storify can be a lot of things, which is one of the things that makes it powerful.

  • A flexible platform for curating social media and user generated content
  • A multimedia storytelling engine
  • A collaborative news desk for covering breaking news and events
  • A tool to capture and extend conversations
  • A simple slideshow (
  • A community engagement tool
  • A collection of bookmarks
  • A birthday card, a wedding album and more

Case studies:

1) Storifying Journalist Arrests – both long term tracking of a trend vs. short term capture of events (see various posts here

2) Capturing a Conversation and Extending It (New York Times fake Wikileaks Op-Ed, Olympics Tim Berners Lee, or Xeni Jardin on mothers and cancer)  See: or

One of my favorite Storify posts of all time:

Some of the strengths of Storify:

  • Embedding tweets and archiving them
  • Ability to reorganize and grow in real time
  • Opportunity for people to share or comment on any element
  • Very embeddable – drive traffic to your site
  • Fairly good about attribution, getting better

Some things to think about:

  • Balance of author’s voice versus social content
  • Embedding other people’s content, permissions, etc.
  • How do you make corrections, denote changes?
  • Other outlets embedding your work.

About Dan Kennedy

I am an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University, and I'm using for my blog, Media Nation, as well as class websites.
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