Creating News StoryUsing Citizen Media Updates Prepared by Tarek Amr @gr33ndata
It’s an Easy Recipe• First of all, pick your topic.• Exactly like cooking, the first thing you do next is to get the ingredients• The Ingredients here are tweets, blogs and status updates on social media websites Recipe• Just like ingredients you need to find a way to store them in cool place for them not to go bad
Shopping• Shopping takes place in social websites like blogs, twitter, tumblr, Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, YouTube and many others.• As long as goods are free, make sure to buy slightly more than your needs so that you have the luxury of choosing the most Just like cooking, a good story suitable ones while relies on good ingredients writing your story.
Storage and Cooling• Since social websites are updated very frequently, there should be a way to story your findings, especially if you are going to write your story after a while.• Also searching for a tweet - one or two weeks later - is not an easy task.• Exactly like in food, each has its appropriate method of storage.
Twitter Favorites• One of the features many users overlook in twitter is the favorites; that yellow star icon there.• No need for external websites or tools to save the tweets.• Can be used anywhere, even on twitter on your mobile Twitter search results are phone. limited to just few days ago• But there is no way to tag, categorize, or re-order your favorites
Other Places for Storage • Delicious.com • Diigo.com • Kippt.com • stumbleupon.com • Storify.comTo be able to store blog posts, vides, photos,tweets or anything using tags for easy retrieval
Or use a notepad• The notepad on your PC or even cloud-based tools such as Evernote and Google Docs can be useful too. • You can add notes next to the links. • Can reorder the links you collect easily. • Can write the starting paragraph and ending one there. • But might not be with you all the time • Some might wonder, why use a notepad while you can keep the info in your bogging system or newspapers CMS?
Salad• Tweets are too short to add background to news being sent there.• Normally topics have been discussed there all day long, so tweeps assume readers are aware of their context.• Thats why you should make sure to start your story by giving the readers the needed background, and add the needed context throughout your post. o Make sure to start your post with an Whats the importance of this? attractive introduction o Why are they discussing that now? o Who are those people? o Will international audience understand this local joke?
Setting the Ingredients• Normally the case with blogs is different than it in twitter.• Bloggers might write more details in their posts, most of them are either personal or only important to their own audience.• So, you better be able to pick the most useful and attractive parts for your readers. Remove seeds before using• Many small chucks from many different blogs is usually more diverse than bigger chunks of less blog posts
Preparation method• After the intro, the story has to come in layers, just like this sandwich• Order it the way the most attractive to the readers, but like moves or stories one part should lead to the other.• You better bind the unrelated tweets or posts together with phrases of your own to make them belonging to each other. Like the cheese and pickle here.• You better discuss the different points of view and opposite opinions.• Don’t forget the spices; i.e. photos, videos, quotes, questions, etc.
The Dessert• You are free to end your story with: o A Question o A paragraph that summarizes it o Your own point of view o Or whatever you want• Either by words of your own, by quoting someone, or even with a picture if you want.
This is mainly what we usually do in Global Voices Online In this link you can find different ways to participate with ushttp://globalvoicesonline.org/for-bloggers/Or you can contact me for help if you want http://www.tarekamr.com/ @gr33ndata
All photos used here are published under creative commons license, and here are links to them. http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshua/247290826/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/benjaminkrause/2416894449/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/avlxyz/67408669/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/yarwood/2385752458/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesswebb/3569002360/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/preppybyday/5076899310/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/criminalintent/5813962328/