What Does Curating Mean in Journalism?

These are examples of the kinds of stories that need to be curated. They show different styles of curation, and some tools that allow you to curate a story effectively. You can say curation is "the organizing of information filed by reporters into a deliverable packages for readers."


  1. Trend #3 is aggregation and curation. Check out the others, too. We will talk about most of them.
  2. Here is a very straightforward way to curate a breaking story. You can do this by hand pretty easily. The reporter pulled together a quick list of labeled links to verified news sources, organized it like a page of text, and put it up on the Atlantic site quickly in response to a story that was breaking, but also ongoing. 
  3. When the Weather Channel didn't have any "feet on the street" in Vermont after heavy flooding washed out roads, they turned to storify.com to curate and cover the aftermath of Hurricane Iren on the East Coast. 
  4. Could you define "curate" in terms of journalism now?
  5. Here is an argument that says "articles are antiquated." Read it and click to a story in the Sacramento Press, and then try out the "Storyline" by clicking on the green "Storyline" tab. I've talked to Ben Ifield from Sac Press, and they have found that the storyline as it works is limiting. Can you explain how the storyline is works, what it does, and what is limiting about it?
  6. •what does "serial [reporting] along a series of deadlines" mean?
    •peer editing groups - why? how?
    •stringers and reporters can work in parallel to tell stories on the fly - can we demo this right now?
    •the group of people must work synchronously
  7. "the curator has become a journalist by proxy. They are not on the front lines, covering a particular beat or industry, or filing a story themselves, but they are responding to a reader need. With a torrent of content emanating from innumerable sources (blogs, mainstream media, social networks), a vacuum has been created between reporter and reader — or information gatherer and information seeker — where having a trusted human editor to help sort out all this information has become as necessary as those who file the initial report."
  8. Curators must be trustworthy. Currently, some are journalists, others are people who are follow the news carefully. Verification and accuracy are key. Curators are like editors, too, because they can select what they showcase. The standards for curating are evolving, but transparency is necessary. Make your guidelines for what you are curating clear. Since you want to be a journalist, curate from the ethical position, and standards of a journalist. Curators aggregate and reblog content - they report on what is happening in the media sphere. Some just report, others editorialize. Can you tell the difference?
    Anthony DeRosa of Reuters says "You can use RSS, Twitter, Storify, Storyful and any number of other tools to stay on top of what is happening and be a human filter for what I should be looking at.”"
  9. "As I explained in my opinion editorial, transparency is crucial for journalists and bloggers who want to stay relevant. Inviting people to participate, explaining where the information comes from, and giving access to curated sources and to raw material have to become part of the default workflow.

    Being a curator (whether you consider yourself to be a blogger or a journalist does not matter) is not self-evident. Even though chances are some members of your community will participate in the effort, the overwhelming majority will stay passive and just consume your content -- which is fine and to be expected. After all, the real scarcity in these matters is time." Roland LeGrand