- Learn the history and background of swiss replica watches Storify
- Understand why you should use Storify
- Understand how to create a Storify
- View examples of Storify used for a live event
- Develop an assignment using Storify
- J-iEd-CindyRoyal-Handout1.doc – overview of Storify.com. [doc]
- J-iEd-CindyRoyal-PPT.ppt – presentation detailing the history and background of Storify and how to create a Storify. Also includes examples. [ppt]
- J-iEd-CindyRoyal-Video1.mov – video demonstration of creating a Storify:
Demonstration Time: Approximately 20-30 minutes
The following instructions can be used to accompany the PowerPoint presentation (text corresponds to slides) or can be used with a live demonstration of Storify.com (as in the associated video).
Slide 1 Storify lets you create stories with social media. It’s a powerful platform that allows you to search for and accumulate relevant social media posts, links, photos and videos, and assemble them with your own content, then publish, embed and share them with your network.
Started by Burt Herman and Xavier Damman, since it’s inception within the past year, Storify has won the SXSW Accelerator competition for News Innovation, was a 2011 Knight Batten Award winner and was named one of the 50 Best Websites of 2011 by Time Magazine. They are headquartered in San Francisco.
Slides 2-4 Storify can be used to aggregate social content for a variety of applications. You can make a Storify about anything. Birthday parties, events, concerts. You can even make a Storify about Storify, as in this one created for inclusion in a book chapter on News as User Experience.
Slides 5-7 But Storify can be most useful in journalism in the following situations: Events, Breaking News, Collective Experiences.
Slide 8 It’s easy to get started with Storify. Go to Storify.com. You don’t even have to sign up to begin. Simply choose Create Story. You will be asked to login with Twitter, Facebook or a Storify login to Save or Publish.
Slide 9 You will see your Storify on the left and the social media options on the right. First provide a name and description for your Storify.
Slide 10 You can search from a variety of social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Google and more, as well as Storify itself. Storify is constantly adding more sources, so click the + button to manage the sources you can access.
Slide 11 Find an item you’d like to add to your Storify.
Slide 12 Drop it in the window on the left. You can continue this for as many items as you would like.
Slide 13 You’ll definitely want to add text to your Storify, to provide context and transitions between social media items. Hover above or below any item until you see “Click to add text.” Then start typing. Use the icons at the top of the page for bold, italic, underline, strike through, to add a link or to format text as a header.
Slide 14 If you want to provide a link via a url, click the link button in the media tool bar.
Slide 15 Photos can be inserted a few different ways. First, search on Flickr to see if there are any photos with your search term on that service.
Slide 16 If the photo you want to use is in the form of another url, you can insert the address as you would a link, and retrieve that photo. Twitter messages themselves will also display any photos associated with those posts.
Slide 17 YouTube videos can be inserted and played directly within the Storify. The content appears under the Storify icon’s Storypad tab under Media.
Slide 18-19 Storify has added some new features that make it even easier to add content. You can install the bookmarklet by dragging it to your button bar to insert any Web page or parts of pages while you are browsing. Find the bookmarklet under the Storify icon, Bookmarklet tab. Storify also has a Chrome extension that can be installed to provide the same functionality within a context menu (right-click) in the browser.
Slide 20 When you are finished, simply choose Publish. You may also Save without publishing, if you haven’t completed the Storify and want to return to it later.
Slide 21 Once you publish, Storify will give you the option to share with the world via social media and to notify anyone you may have included.
Slide 22 Finally, you can grab the embed code to insert your Storify on your own blog or website. Others can also embed your Storify. Storify can be embedded on a variety of platforms. For those that need unique embed codes, Storify can automatically post for you to WordPress.com, Drupal, Tumblr and other sites. Click Post at the top of the published story.
Slide 23-26 Here are some examples using Storify from a student project covering SXSW. We were invited to participate during the public beta stage of the company. Previews, Panel Coverage, Parties. Storify works well for live events like SXSW, with a lot of social media activity. See more examples at sxtxstate.com.
Slide 27 Visit Storify.com for more information.
Assignment: Assign students to do a Storify for a blog post associated with a class topic. Find a topic that is current and local that has been heavily covered via social media, like a local event, a recent breaking news topic or a campus issue. Have them include items from at least four social media locations and include text to transition between items and provide context to the story (the idea is not to make a list of tweets, but to use social media effectively in storytelling).
An alternate assignment can be to prepare a lecture on a topic that has been covered via social media. If students have access to a computer, have them compile a Storify during your lecture, to simulate a live event.
The Storify can be Published to the site or also embedded on a blog post. This is recommended, as it provides a local home for the Storify and a brand association with your own site.
Discussion: After completing the assignment, have a discussion with the students on the usage of Storify. The following questions may be helpful:
- What did you enjoy about using Storify?
- What didn’t you enjoy about using Storify?
- What do you think of the value of using a tool like Storify? Do you feel it improved your coverage?
- What benefits and/or disadvantages does a Storify have over writing a traditional article or multimedia piece?
- What challenges did you encounter in using the platform?
- What improvements would you recommend for the platform?
- What other tools could be developed that could enhance social media reporting?
If your discussion yields productive feedback, share it with Storify via the contact information at Storify.com. They are always looking to improve and update the platform.
Cindy Royal is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University in San Marcos where she teaches Web design and online/digital/social media courses. She completed Ph.D. studies at The University of Texas in 2005. Her research interests include understanding the role of programming and data in journalism, using social media in experiential learning projects and the integration of technology in education. Her students have gone on to digital media careers for prominent organizations, including Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, Austin Post, KUT Austin, Convio, Spredfast, Homeaway, SXSW, IBM, Trademark Media, Bancvue Interactive, T3, Rockfish Interactive, Rice University, Concordia University and The University of Texas. Royal, an avid live music fan, hosts a music blog and Web talk show at onthatnote.com and a tech blog at tech.cindyroyal.net. She writes for Texas Music Magazine, co-founded the Austin chapters of Hacks/Hackers and Online News Association and is a co-adviser for the student chapter of Social Media Club at Texas State. In 2011, she was a finalist in the AEJMC/Scripps Howard Journalism Teacher of the Year competition and was named one of the “Top 50 Social Media Savvy Professors in America” by OnlineColleges.net. She was a winner of the Statesman’s Texas Social Media Award in 2010. More information on her background and activities can be found at cindyroyal.com.
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