One of my favorite early Storify treatments was the Patch coverage of Westboro Baptist Church coming to metro St. Louis in early February.
1. Tell me more. This tool allows you to build a narrative around a theme, story, event, or issue. Your building blocks are online articles, posts on Facebook, Twitter tidbits, YouTube videos, instagram shots, flickr pics, Foursquare updates, you name it. If it’s on the web, it can be in your story. Plus, you can weave in your own remarks to add context.
2. Share the news. Once you’ve published your story, you can easily share it with people you’ve mentioned in the story itself and post directly to your Twitter feed and Facebook page. Great conversation starter! It’s easy to keep updating your narrative, too.
3. Engaging. Storify stories are fun and fascinating. The combination of photos, links, and social media conversation can be serious or light-hearted and as rich and diverse as you make it.
Such a variety!
To give you an idea of the wide diversity of subject matter that you can find on Storify, here are some of my faves:
- Missouri journalism professor Jen Lee Reeves described her class
- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Weatherbird used Storify to curate conversation about movies on Oscar night
- The PBS NewsHour crew used Storify to provide scenes from the GOP campaign trail in the days before Super Tuesday.
- NPR’s Andy Carvin looked back at the “Battle for Tahrir Square”
- Dr. Sybril Bennett remembered the late, great Don Cornelius of Soul Train.
Who can Storify?
The possibilities are pretty much endless for:
- Political junkies
- Weather junkies
- News junkies
- Public relations professionals
- Sports fans
- Culture mavens
I’ve run out of ideas for types of people who could make use of Storify. You get the picture.
- Do you Storify? Why or why not? I am still in honeymoon stage where it can do no wrong. Please share your critiques, tips and tools!