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Creating News Story

Using 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.com



To 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 newspaper's
    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.
• 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?
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 us
http://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/

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Story Curation

  • 1. Creating News Story Using Citizen Media Updates Prepared by Tarek Amr @gr33ndata
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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/