Tips for using Storify in your reporting in digital storytelling
These are a collection of suggestions and tips for creating and populating a report in Storify. Have more suggestions, tricks or other goodness? Leave comments and I'll update accordingly.
Storify has really only been around about a year, but already the Web app for curating content has found a loyal following.Using Storify requires more than just grabbing content and pasting it into a blog post. It allows for true editing, critical thinking and even content creation. If used properly, a story can be developed and told, using various forms of multimedia and on-scene content, with the sources fully aware of their inclusion in your reporting.When discussing the use of citizen journalist content, verification, validity and accuracy often crop up as potential concerns. By using Storify, it's possible to cite content from others who are part of or at the spot of the actual event while adding further reporting, clarifications and context from your end.For a quick overview on using Storify, check out the video below:
- Get some sound in your report - tips and instructions on working audio into your report.
- We'll cover mapping later in the quarter, but if you have some experience with Google Maps or want to take a stab, here's directions on getting that bad boy in your Storify.You will need a free Google Maps account. If you have gmail, you already have such a best.
SnappyTV is a relatively new tool that allows for clipping live TV - in some cases - for Storify use.Content partners, or lack thereof, are the Achilles heel so far, as Cory Bergman writes for Lost Remote:The challenge for SnappyTV, of course, is landing enough content partners. It currently has Fox shows like Family Guy, Bones and MasterChef. HDNET, CSPAN and NASA TV, too. And the PBS Newshour, which also uses SnappyTV internally to quickly grab and share moments from the broadcast, gaining precious minutes over YouTube upload time.
For Twitter content you are curating in realtime - or as a situation develops - a simple search in the Storify Twitter tab should work fine. The problems start when you try to dig up older content - past about a week - which an apparently restrictive API keeps Storify from being able to access.A solution? Topsy.Topsy, promising "real-time search on the social web," will gather tweets from as far back as 2008.
- That bookmarklet function offers access to other social media network use as well.
Getting your Storify content to multiple platforms is built into the embed function. The Wordpress piece works with either the hosted .org version used in class or the free .com version many people use as a blogging platform.
- And for hosted Wordpress - the .org variety - users, it's even easier. Storify released a plugin for the powerful CMS' dashboard that allows for creation Storify projects right in the dashboard. A very easy, very slick option.As with all plugins, you'll want to test out in a sandbox site environment first before installing on your working site.
- Storify is set up to have a deep presentation on your page. Sometimes, this isn't the best display. Follow these instructions to make your Storify report a slideshow:
- UPDATE - Feb. 22: Really a pretty huge tool - the ability to Storify content via the iPad.
More tips on using Storify and social media for reporting and journalism:
- Storify's advice: