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Why Curation Is Important to the Future of Journalism

Why Curation Is Important to the Future of Journalism
Josh Sternberg is the founder of Sternberg Strategic Communications and authors The Sternberg Effect. You can follow him on Twitter and Tumblr. Over the past few weeks, many worries about the death of journalism have, well, died. Despite shrinking newsrooms and overworked reporters, journalism is in fact thriving. The art of information gathering, analysis and dissemination has arguably been strengthened over the last several years, and given rise and importance to a new role: the journalistic curator. The concept of curating news is not new. But with the push of social media and advancements in communications technology, the curator has become a journalist by proxy. “Curation,” says Sayid Ali, owner of, “gathers all these fragmented pieces of information to one location, allowing people to get access to more specialized content." Curation as an Intermediary Andy Carvin, senior strategist for NPR who runs their social media desk, finds meaning in the word "media."

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Why Taking A Risk Is The Only Way To True Success What used to be safe, is no longer. What’s “safe” in today’s volatile economy and society, is risk. Not long ago it was safe to go to college, get a degree, then get a job in the field of your study. Lessons from the Osama bin Laden coverage One after the other, the news cycles of momentous events keep reshaping the digital information landscape. The latest example of such alteration is the bin Laden story, it just set a new reference point. For traditional media, this raises the pressure yet another notch; they must rethink everything: organisations and processes – as well as business strategies.

A New Age of Curation in Journalism published a very interesting article on the growing phenomenon of journalistic curation. A curator is someone who acts as a medium between journalists / publications and readers. In today’s world of social media, link aggregators and social networking, almost anyone can attempt to be a curator.

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