How Storify can curate social media for journalists

Using Storify to tell stories in the digital age.


  1. Facebook can be used to find sources and trawl for stories. It can also be used to create an entire story. In 2010, the Washington Post created a story entirely out of Facebook updates. It was, and still is, one of the most affecting pieces I have ever read. Click on the link below.
  2. And then, along came a start-up called Storify which gives all of us the power to create stories using elements from across the web. 
  3. What can Storify do for me?

    It lets you post updates from Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Google and RSS feeds. It also embeds urls so you can create dynamic stories on the fly. Storify CEO Burt Herman is a former AP correspondent. He says Storify is a 21st century version of that, well, storied wire service
  4. On Friday Feb. 11 Twitter users posted some 33,000 Egypt-related tweets an hour. It was information overload. This is where Storify helped news consumers cut through the noise. Click on the links below to see how ABC News in Australia, CBC News in Canada and the Washington Post, (in well, Washington!) used Storify in the ways we discussed in class.

  5. More uses for Storify

    Storify can also help highlight the difference in reactions from people or parties on certain issues. Look at the way this story was put together about the different reactions from mayors Michael Bloomberg and Cory Booker after #snowmageddon
  6. And then of course, this post was put together by using Storify! Storify is in limited beta at the moment but you can request a key at the main site. But remember, you need a story idea to create a successful Storify. A selection of elements is just a selection of elements. It's the curation and reporting that makes it a story.