Using Storify to curate social media content

Karen Unland, journalism educator/consultant and former online editor at the Edmonton Journal, speaks to MediaCamp Edmonton on how to use Storify to curate social media content on Feb. 4, 2012. Yes, this is a Storify on how to do a Storify.


  1. Disclaimer: Storify is not as complicated as it looks. If you can use social media and write a story, then you can use Storify to curate content.
  2. Storify allows users to restore narrative to non-linear social media comments, Unland said. This is especially important when using social media for news. Twitter publishes in reverse chronological order and deletes information regularly. Storify allows a record that can be referenced and kept past the lifespan of social media content.
  3. Journalists will want to pull that community coverage in a way that serves their stories. Storify is the equivalent of having additional reporters in the field and photographers dispatched across the city/country/world/hashtag.
  4. Storify might even inspire you to use social media that you haven't tried before. Case in point, SoundCloud.
  5. There are, unfortunately, some limits to the current Storify technology.
  6. As part of the Storify session, Karen Unland asked participants to try their hand at Storifying #yegmediacamp. Here's @RealTurkeyLady's
  7. #yedmediacamp has been Storifying all of today's sessions as part of our coverage of the event. Reporters who couldn't be here can follow the archive of today's sessions
  8. "It's mostly a tool for sharing with other people," said Unland. "That's why journalists like it. That's why journalists made it."