How editors and other leaders can use the StoryPad to organize information for teams

You can round up information from social media and all over the web to share with your team, as if you're all surfing the web together and working on the same report.

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  1. How often has this happened in your office? Someone on your team finds important information online, then prints it out, sends around links, or pulls together screen grabs. The information is distributed and discussed. Then team members go their separate ways, and each has to find the information online again. Sometimes they do find the information, sometimes they don't, and sometimes they find the wrong stuff.  

    What if you could just surf social media and the web, clicking on relevant nuggets -- and automatically share them with your team in a format that was already well on the way to being a news story, report, or office roundup? So you could say, "Hey everyone, make sure you include this background information," or "here is the graphic we want to use," or, "we need to check this out. Everyone see this?" 

    That's exactly what our StoryPad tool does. Here's a quick video tutorial on how it works:
  2. Using The New Storify StoryPad Tool
  3. Here's exactly what to do:

    1. Install the StoryPad bookmarklet, as show in the video tutorial above. 
    2. Surf the web for the information you're looking for, clicking the Storify button to add items you want to share.
    3. Tell your team that you've gathered information, and to check your StoryPad. They just click the StoryPad icon in our editor interface, then type in your user name, as shown in the video. 
    4. Your team finds what you have collected for them, and uses it in news stories, reports, or just for their own information.  

  4. Here are two other great ways to use the StoryPad tool to collect information to share with your teams:

  5. Facebook is where the world shares information, but the relevant stuff often gets lost among all the other posts. Now you can just click the Storify button to save a Facebook post and share it with your team. 
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  7. Sometimes you just want to copy and past text to share with other people. You can do that on the StoryPad, too. But now you can automatically save the source where you found it, and return to that web page with just a click. Here's the text we highlighted...
  8. Pull text from any site
  9. ... And here's how the text appears in a story. Note that the source appears below, and you can click right back to it. 
  10. Aspiring editors should bring a laptop and a bit of investigative drive; no experience is necessary. Doug Reside, the digital curator for the performing arts at the New York Public Library, will offer participants a brief tutorial on how to edit an entry properly, as well as “a quick overview of some important collections at the library that are not well represented in Wikipedia’s current articles.” The musical theater angle, he explained, is a function of location, scholarly interest and the medium’s interdisciplinary, “multi-modal” roots, which are well served by the library’s extensive archives.
  11. And remember, you're not taking any of these elements offline. They all remain dynamic and interactive. So your team can click on them to share or return to the site.  

    Thanks for using the StoryPad tool. 
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