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How newsrooms and journalists are using Storify

by Mark S. Luckie

Storify is a recently developed tool that allows users to aggregate Twitter messages, Facebook updates, online video and more into a aggregated chronology that contains links to the source material. Essentially, Storify makes collecting and displaying web content in a timeline format incredibly easy.

While my appreciation of Storify is no secret (Kevin Sablan recently constructed a Storified collection of my mentions of Storify), it really is because the potential the tool has to reinvent online storytelling. That, combined with its ease of use, makes it a great tool for journalists looking to elevate their online news coverage.

Many news organizations used Storify for midterm elections coverage, including The Detroit News, The Seattle Times, and PBS. The Washington Post used it to chronicle the Twitter messages from candidates who conceded or celebrated victory on the social network and also to monitor election day voting issues.



 

Seattle television station KIRO used it to collect fans’ reactions to the death of Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus. The timeline is a mix of tweets, photos and related video.


 

After Prince George County executive Jack B. Johnson was arrested based on allegations of corruption, TBD.com chronicled the story’s spread through Twitter using Storify.


 

ONA attendee and fellow 10,000 Words blogger Kevin Loker used Storify to chronicle the people he met at the recent Online News Association conference.


 

Cooks Source, the now legendary magazine that subjected itself to the internet’s wrath after sniping online articles and publishing them under what an editor claimed as public domain, also got the Storify treatment. The many responses from a variety of online sources and social networks made it perfect for a Storify timeline.



 

Storify is in private beta right now, though invite codes are floating around the web. Follow Storify on Twitter to get latest updates on its availability. For even more ideas on how to use the tool, check out “10 Ways journalists can use Storify.”

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