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  1. 1. Creating News Story Using Citizen Media Updates Prepared by Tarek Amr @gr33ndata
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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 
  6. 6. Other Places for Storage • Delicious.com • Diigo.com • Kippt.com • stumbleupon.com • Storify.com To be able to store blog posts, vides, photos, tweets or anything using tags for easy retrieval
  7. 7. 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 newspaper's CMS?
  8. 8. 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. • That's 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 What's 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?
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. This is mainly what we usually do in Global Voices Online In this link you can find different ways to participate with us http://globalvoicesonline.org/for-bloggers/ Or you can contact me for help if you want http://www.tarekamr.com/ @gr33ndata
  13. 13. 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/

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