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Crowdsourcing and Curation for Journalists


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Crowdsourcing, source-finding, social search and curation tools for journalism. Seminar originally given at Toronto Newstrain, 9/13-14.

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Crowdsourcing and Curation for Journalists

  1. 1. Tap Into the Crowd Mandy Jenkins @mjenkins Toronto NewsTrain #TORSocial  
  2. 2. What is Crowdsourcing?•  When  you  call  on  your  readers/followers   to  contribute  to  a  story  •  Calls  for  content,  news  7ps  and  story   sources  •  Can  be  breaking  or  long-­‐term  •  Involve  a  li?le  or  a  lot  of  informa7on  
  3. 3. Breaking  News  Crowdsourcing  
  4. 4. Before  You  Crowdsource  •  Be  engaged  in  the  social  community  •  Build  Twi?er  lists  of  key  contacts  •  Have  a  plan  for  when  you  can’t  plan  •  Incorporate  into  story-­‐planning  
  5. 5. When News Breaks•  Open  keyword  searches    •  Monitor  key  Twi?er  lists  •  Have  reporter  or  news  org   start  twee7ng  live  to  get  and  share  info  
  6. 6. Transparency Helps•   Say  what  you  know  •   Say  what  you  don’t  know  •   Say  what  you  want/need  to  know  •   Don’t  spread  rumors  •   Vet  sources  &  informa7on  •   Ask  ques7ons  as  you  gather  info  •   RT  with  context,  note  if  its  verified  
  7. 7. Find Sources Fast
  8. 8. Search.Twitter.Com/advancedSearch  by  keywords,  loca7on,  7me  Search  quickly  -­‐  before  the  stream  is  taken  over  by   reac7on  
  9. 9. When  You  Find  a  Source  •  Connect  with  eyewitnesses,  get  contact   info  •  Follow  who  you  reach  out  to  •  Have  them  wait  for  a  reporter  on  scene  •  Verify!  
  10. 10. •  Search  venues  on  •  “Mayor”  is  great  source  for  info  about  a   business  or  venue  (employee  or  regular   customer)  
  11. 11. Search  Nearby  With  Ban.Jo  
  12. 12. Search  By  Loca>on:  Geofeedia  
  13. 13. Locating Sources
  14. 14. Find  TwiBer  Experts  •  •  •  •  •  
  15. 15. Search  Older  Tweets  
  16. 16. Facebook  Search  
  17. 17. LinkedIn  Search  
  18. 18. Crowdsourcing Projects
  19. 19. Google Docs•  Gathering  info  using   Forms  •  Results  flow  into  a   shareable  spreadsheet  •  Can  do  surveys  
  20. 20. Collect  Reader  Contribu>ons  
  21. 21. Collect  and  Share  Sources  
  22. 22. Crowdsourced  map:  Google  Maps  
  23. 23. Crowdsourced  map:  MapaList  
  24. 24. Crowdsourced audio: Soundcloud
  25. 25. What  is  cura>on?  (n)  The  act  of  organizing  and  maintaining  a  collec7on  of  media  and  informa7on  around  a  par7cular  subject  or  area.    
  26. 26. Social Bookmarking: Diigo
  27. 27. Publish  from  Cura>on
  28. 28. Storify:  Add  Readers’  Voices     Into  Your  Story  •  Can pull in tweets, public Facebook comments, photos from Flickr & Instragram•  Pulls in video/audio•  Can import from other Storifys•  Reaction stories, Twitter fights, tell a dramatic story through others words
  29. 29. Use the Storify Plugin•  Easiest way to save specific tweets and Facebook updates•  Save specific passages to Storify•  Save stuff for later, for research•  All things saved go to your Storypad
  30. 30. Curate Using  
  31. 31. THANKS! Mandy Jenkins @mjenkins Blog: These slides & more at Steve Buttry originated some slide images, text