Have you heard of Storify? #ijf12

One of the events that took place at the journalism festival in Perugia was a presentation on the storytelling platform Storify by its co-founder Burt Herman.

I’ve been hearing a lot about Storify recently, but I didn’t really know what it was about, so I was disappointed I couldn’t attend the presentation as you needed to reserve a place in advance.

Luckily many of the events from the festival were filmed, and are now available for viewing on the festival’s website. Now I’m back home, I’ve decided to watch the presentation in full, which you can see here.

 

Storify lets you build your own stories by bringing together different content from social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

I’ve been playing around with it, and I’ve ended up creating this story about last week’s London Mayoral elections.

The results saw London’s Tory Mayor Boris Johnson win a second term in office. His victory also meant the end of the political career of former Labour Mayor Ken Livingstone.

 

 

As you can see, I created my own headline and brought together reports from mainstream news organisations like the Guardian and the BBC, but I’ve included people’s Facebook and Twitter comments on the results.

Storify looks quite simple to use, and provides another way of curating online content. I’m definitely going to be using it more often and seeing what I can do with it.

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