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#Tip: How to organise your Facebook news feed

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By owenwbrown on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

If your Facebook news feed is a muddle of cat pictures, news stories, and yawn-inducing posts from that girl at school you haven’t spoken to in 10 years, you might want some help getting organised.

Luckily Mashable has some great tips for curating a Facebook news feed, including ways to see more (or less) from certain friends and creating personalised news lists – a great way to track news around certain areas and topics.

And even though it’s not possible to eliminate advertisements entirely from the platform, Mashable shows you how to let Facebook know whether those ads for facial hair removal are really relevant for you.


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#Tip: Different ways to curate content online

October 2nd, 2013 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Journalism academic Paul Bradshaw has written a detailed post on curation, for those who want to do more to collect content from across the web in effective ways. The post features helpful examples of the variety of curation styles journalists can apply across the web, as well as key tools to use and some useful industry examples.

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#Tip: Guide to using Spundge for live coverage

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Image by stevendepolo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Spundge has published a step-by-step guide on how to embed ‘notebooks’ – which are the places where users can collect content of interest – onto their publishing platforms, and effectively use it as a liveblog of coverage from events by adding content, such as tweets, to the notebook.

Also, here’s more on how journalists can use Spundge to search the web, keep track of areas of interest and collaborate with others on content production.


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#Tip: Curation considerations for journalists

This post on MediaHelpingMedia about curation acts as a helpful reminder of some of the things journalists working in this area should consider. Author David Brewer also highlights the “rules” set out by different curation platforms.

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#Tip of the day from pointers on curation best practice

Director of community engagement and social media for Digital First Media in the US Steve Buttry has produced a collection of “techniques, types and tips” on his blog The Buttry Diary, following the company’s launch of a new curation team.

His advice covers points such as linking and attribution. He also highlights some of the different forms of curation which exist.

And keeping with the theme Buttry also offers a collection of links to other content relating to the topic of curation.

Here’s the full post on his blog.

Here’s also a link to a podcast from earlier this year which looked at examples of news industry approaches to curation and aggregation.

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#Tip of the day from – aggregation guidelines

Journalists who use aggregation in their digital reporting are likely to find Steve Buttry’s guidelines for good practice useful.

Buttry, who blogs at The Buttry Diary, outlines advice on key issues such as linking out/attribution and how to “add value” to your aggregated posts, as well as matters relating to verification.

Read the full post.

Earlier this month produced this podcast on news outlet approaches to curation and aggregation.

Tipster: Rachel McAthy

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#jpod – News industry approaches to curation and aggregation

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This week’s jpod looks at how different publishing platforms in the news industry are approaching curation and aggregation of news, from sources across the web including news outlets, bloggers and social media platforms.’s news editor Rachel McAthy speaks to:

In the spirit of curation, here is a list of some related reading and resources on this topic:

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the iTunes podcast feed.

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Storify gets a new look and promises ‘to revise the entire reader experience’

Storify has a new look, logo and functionality. The tool, which allows you to curate stories using elements from social media like tweets, Flickr photos and YouTube videos, is today rolling out its new features and promising to “revise the entire reader experience” in the coming months.

Building a Storify is smoother and the ability to narrate and explain your curated story is improved. You now view photos as a gallery and drag and drop from right to left. The system also seems more robust. I also tested closing a browser without saving while building this test Storify, which is all about the Guardian’s n0tice platform (the news group’s latest venture into hyperlocal which yesterday invited more users) and found my Storify had auto-saved.

Xavier Damman, Storify’s co-founder, explained the changes:

We’ve taken feedback from users and have rebuilt Storify on a stronger and more reliable foundation, which includes:

  • A new logo and new look. The search and the editor sides of the interface have been switched, and we have made it easier to write your own text into stories, and to add subheds, or headers.
  • An elegant new drag-and-drop functionality, which makes it easier to build stories, and to reorganise them.
  • A collapsed view of your Storify story while it’s being built, so you can see it all easily, and organise it better.
  • A revised Storypad bookmarklet that lets you gather information from all over the web for your Storify stories. You can add the material to a story at any time, and share your Storypad with other users.

The changes are explained in more detail using, of course, Storify itself below:

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Tool of the week for journalists – Dipity timelines

Tool of the week: Dipity

What is it? A free tool to create interactive timelines.

How is it of use to journalists? For plotting events and linking to content from your news site and others.

Dipity has been around for some time but is well worth a reminder. Back in 2008 the Manchester Evening News plotted the congestion charge coverage; the Liverpool Daily Post told the story of Liverpool being the 2008 European Capital of Culture; and the Guardian and NWN Media’s Evening Leader plotted job cuts.

You can create a timeline that will automatically update via RSS whenever you publish a story with a particular tag, such as this journalism job cuts timeline. (To add an RSS feed go to “show sources” at the bottom of your timeline, click “other” and add your the URL of your feed.)

You can then embed your story and readers can view it as a timeline, flipbook, list or map. Try toggling though the job cuts timeline to see the information displayed in different ways.

Here is a more recent example from on phone hacking and the end of the News of the World. Some of these events were added manually, others via the phone hacking RSS feed.

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Breaking News becomes a Storify source

Storify has partnered with Breaking News, the @breakingnews Twitter channel and news site, which is owned by MSNBC.

Storify, which allows users to create a narrative using tweets, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, Audioboos, Slideshares, Facebook status updates and more as sources, will now include the option of adding Storify as a source.

You can add Breaking News as a source by going to settings within your Storify account. A logo will appear alongside the images representing the above social networks and allow users to drag and drop content from Breaking News.

Breaking News in the Sources settings

Storify has also added a ‘Storify’ button allowing visitors to its site to take a news story and start to build a timeline.

Storify on

There is a Storify on the partnership here.

Storify launched in public beta in April, and was last month named winner of the Knight-Batten award for innovations in Journalism.

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