Storify best practices

A Storify guide for journalists on what content to use and how to do it. Also, a disclaimer: This is a draft. I'm posting this publicly in the hopes that you'll mince and dice my observations and add your own, as to improve the guide. Hit me at @ivanlajara with your ideas.

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  1. If you are new to Storify, here's a handy guide to get you started.
  2. OK. So now you can put together a Storify, but now you are wondering, Is it OK to post an image from Twitter or Instagram into a Storify and publish it in your site? What about credit? Is it 'fair game' is an image is posted on social media? How much aggregation is too much?
  3. Some quick thoughts:

    •         When creating stories, don’t aggregate a link so much that there’s no incentive to click to the original source.
    •         Add context and narratives.
    •         It never hurts to double source things (with links) in the text fields.
    •         Storifying an image when the URL is a jpg takes away the context. Storify the link and make it prominent.
  4. POINT BY POINT:
    •         When creating stories, don’t aggregate a link so much that there’s no incentive to click to the original source.
  5. NOT GOOD: Don't copy-paste a bunch of text from a post, like this:
  6.        How to livestream a Google Hangout

                1. Start a Hangout and click Enable Hangout on Air when the Hangout window pops up. Add the people you want in. You can’t make
                an On Air-anything-goes hangout, you have to invite your followers, preferably just a selected few.
                2. Hit OK, I’ve got it’ and start your hangout. It will still be off Youtube (If you’re not connected to Youtube, it will ask you to do so)
                3.1 Grab the embed code. It’s your regular iframe code. Post on your site OR YOUR SCRIBBLELIVE BLOG. Only those participating in the            Hangout can see what’s going on. Everyone else sees this
                3.2 Once you’re ready, hit broadcast. When you stop it takes almost no time for the replay  hangout to appear on your Youtube channel. 
                Then you can post that or download and put in your own container.
  7. GOOD: Add a teaser and a bit of info and then the Storified post:
  8. "Here's a guide on how to livestream a Google Hangout":
  9. •         Add context and narratives.
    NOT GOOD: A stream of context-less tweets:

  10. GOOD: Break the clutter with some context, like in this old Storify.

  11. •         It never hurts to double source things (with links) in the text fields. And if you are doubting whether to grab an image because it's too graphic or the language in a tweet is too raw, or because of copyright concerns, simply link to it and add a warning. Here's how.
  12. YOUR LINK WILL APPEAR IN THE TEXT AS IN THIS SENTENCE.

    •         Storifying an image when the URL is a jpg takes away the context. Storify the link and make it prominent.
  13. Example: Good:
  14. NOT GOOD: No context, link or credit.
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