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Three Things I’m Thankful For This Year, Web Journalism Edition

Last year, the contributors to 10,000 Words wrote a short post about what we were thankful for. My contribution? Blackbird Pie, Twitter’s tool that allows you to embed tweets.

This year, I thought I would go a little bit more in depth, by sharing with you three relatively different things in Web journalism that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. And by the way, it goes without saying that all of us owe you—or readers—a huge debt of gratitude. You keep coming back for more, and keep offering us very nice compliments!

So, without further ado, here are (among) the three things I’m thankful in Web journalism this year. Read more

Weather Channel Uses Storify, User Contributions To Cover Irene’s Impact In Vermont

Hurricane Irene, which slammed into the East Coast over the weekend, largely spared the New York area, which was forecast to take a direct hit.

Vermont wasn’t as lucky. Parts of the Green Mountain State were damaged by devastating floods. Whole towns, like Rutland, were cut off from the outside world by impassable roads.

The catastrophic damage in Vermont came as a nasty surprise, and many news organizations, including the Weather Channel, did not position crews there.

So how did the Weather Channel initially cover Irene from Vermont?

They used Storify, and curated pictures and video from Twitter and YouTube. Read more

Three Ways To Use Storify’s New Slideshow Feature

How to embed the new Storify format. Select "Post on your site" then select the slideshow template.

Last week, one of our favorite social media curating tools Storify launched another neat way to view curated stories: Slideshow format.

You can access the new format by adding “/slideshow” to the end of any Storify URL. Embed options also allow you to place slideshow formats onto your blogs and websites. But besides being flashy and slick, what use does the new format have?

1. Display photos in a gallery

On the previous Storify embeds, photos curated from Flickr and Twitter appeared, at most, about 300 pixels wide. When you were curating many photos at a time from an event — like this example from the Vancouver Riots — scrolling through them was tedious. Now, with the slideshow format you can scroll through the photos in what feels more like a gallery, and you can see the photos at a larger size. Read more

Storify: The Pros and Cons

In the last couple of weeks, there’s been a lot of buzz about Storify, a new social media curation tool aimed at professional and citizen journalists that moved into the public beta testing phase on April 25. Some, such as Matthew Ingram, have even gone as far as to call it “the future of media.” We even covered Storify back in November, but is it too good to be true?

The site allows you to pick a topic and then search for related news articles, Tweets, Facebook comments, Flickr photos and drag and drop them into an embeddable multimedia story.

“We have so many real-time streams now, we’re all drowning,” Storify founder Burt Herman told the New York Times. “So the idea of Storify is to pick out the most important pieces, amplify them and give them context.”

The site’s stories have been viewed more than 13 million times since its private launch in September 2010, according to Storify’s website. Sounds great but is this new platform worth all the hype?

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