Check scanner, police sources to verify.Back it up on a Twitter search to see if other social accounts are reporting.Ask followers if they can help verify (a.k.a. The 'Andy Carvin method').
Curation and Crowdsourcing for Journalists
Tap Into the CrowdCrowdsourcing & Curation of Social Media Mandy Jenkins @mjenkins #NOHSoc May 2012
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
Before Crowdsourcing• Build engaged community (follow people, converse with them) • Build Twi?er lists of key sources for breaking situa7ons • Plan ahead when you can, have a plan for when you can’t • Include crowdsourcing in story-‐planning
During Breaking News• Open keyword searches • Monitor key Twi?er lists • Have reporter or news org start twee7ng live to get and share info
Breaking News Crowdsourcing• 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
Search.Twitter.Com/advanced Search by keywords, loca7on, 7me Search quickly -‐ before the stream is taken over by reac7on
• Search venues on Foursquare.com• “Mayor” is great source for info about a business or venue (employee or regular customer)
Check the persons credibility • Check when account was created. • How frequent are updates? • Do they have a photo? • Do they have friends/followers? Do they follow?• Check bio, links• Check Klout score• Google name and scam, spammer• Contact & interview
Follow up on the tip• Ask for a phone number and call the person.• Ask if they witnessed first-hand or heard about it.• Ask exactly what they witnessed, how they saw it and when.• Ask who else may have the same info.
Check credibility of the info• Check earlier tweets/updates: Anything leading up to the tip that makes sense? • Do follow up tweets/updates make sense in context? • Does it read authentically? Misspellings, bad grammar, typos can also be a sign of a real person.• Corroborate the info
What is curation?(n) The act of organizing and maintaining a collec7on of media and informa7on around a par7cular subject or area.
Curate Via Your Social Feeds • Share relevant info and links from you and others • RT others tweets on the subject (pending verification)
Storify• Can pull in tweets, public Facebook comments, photos from Flickr & Instragram• Pulls in video from Youtube or via some embeds• Embeds story previews with links• Can import other Storifys (or parts of them)
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
THANKS! Mandy Jenkinsmjenkins@digitalfirstmedia.com @mjenkins Blog: Zombiejournalism.com These slides & more at slideshare.net/mandyjenkins
Step-‐by-‐Step Guide to Storifying Via Deb Petersen, San Jose Mercury News
Getting Started- Go to Storify.com- Create an account. It is easiest to link it toyour Twitter account.- Create a profile with your photo and adescription of your position/beat at thenewspaper.- Pick a topic and get started
Hit "Create Story" to reach this opening page.The searchable content is on the right, and yourstory is on the left.
Type the main headline in the top box on the leftsection, and then type a short story descriptionin the next box.
You want your first slide to be a photo becausethis image will appear as its cover. Here, Iclicked on the Twitter logo, and "images”.
Pick a photo by clicking on it, and then hold anddrag to your story on the left. The cutline of thephoto will come along too.
Add each entry by searching the sponsoredproviders and dragging your selections to yourstory.
Done? Hit the "Publish" button pictured below inblue. (Next to the save now" button which youshould be clicking as you work your draft)
Your page will look like this. Notice to theright of the headline, the "embed" button.Click on that.
Your embed code will appear in a box. Then,click on the Notify" button to the right of thepublished button.
This is how the cover of your stories appear inStorify. It also tracks the total number of views.