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SXSW blog, day three: Meet the curators

SXSW blog, day three: Meet the curators

Consuming News in the Age of Curation There is a lot of noise online at the moment and finding good content is tough. We all have about 3 or 4 sites where we stop to reade news and entertainment every day but increasingly our media consumption is coming to us via curated sources like our own personal networks. There has been a huge shift from the old model where “gatekeepers” dictated what content we consumed and how we accessed it a new model in which curation plays the primary roll. Caught in the cross hairs are the old media institutions, but as consumers we are winning because not only do we have access to larger amounts of content in real time but the smart people are curating it through a variety of sources to match their needs and they are doing so largely for free. Tastemakers I recently tried to explain Twitter to a fairly media savvy young professional and was met by the usual “I don’t want to know what you had for breakfast” response. Professional Curators Crowd Curation Good Journalists Need To Be Paid

First Meeting Of SFCurators Salon... Posted by Tom Foremski - April 15, 2011 Last Thursday was the inaugural meeting of SFCurators Salon in North Beach and I couldn't be more happier about the turnout (see below). I set up the group with my colleague Oliver Starr as a place where like-minded people could discuss the topic of curation, which has become a hot topic this year as search falters, and as curation tools and services come out of beta and into more mainstream use. (Please see: Pearltrees Reaches Key Milestones: Largest Curation Community - SVW) The meeting was held in Specs', a bar that happens to also be a funky museum. This was the stomping ground for the Beatnicks, and some myths even locate the origin of the name to Specs'. As people started to arrive we sat around one of the large round tables at the back of the bar and got straight into a fascinating discussion of curation and what it means. I liked the format: instead of listening to a guest speaker we got to listen to each other. Here are my co-founders:

News curation: finally, social media's killer app? FORTUNE -- Even the most casual social network user will admit that the Facebook or Twitter experience can be overwhelming -- that merciless stream of status updates and shared content, which sometimes feels less like a stream and more like a deluge, waits for no man, woman, or Web crawler. Of course, there's good reason to feel that way: Facebookers share 30-billion plus pieces of information each month, and Twitter users output 1 billion tweets weekly. There's a tremendous amount of digital information floating around and few great solutions for filtering it, making sense of it, and consuming it. That's changing. Nicholas Negroponte foreshadowed the current state of things back in 1995 with the "Daily Me," a customized news experience, but it's only been over the last 18 months that his idea has manifested itself via mainstream products and services. They all work differently. That same concept is at the core of the Twitter-focused start-up Sulia. More from Fortune:

Is This the World’s Best Twitter Account? Yesterday morning NPR’s Andy Carvin took a break from running one of the world’s best Twitter accounts to explain what it’s like to be a living, breathing real-time verification system. “All of this is more art than science,” he said. In truth, it sounds equal parts exhilarating and exhausting. As has been repeatedly detailed in other places, Carvin is the NPR senior strategist who transformed his Twitter feed into a must-read newswire about the changes taking place in the Arab world. There are few established rules or journalistic policies for what he does. Yet, when following his work on Twitter, Carvin seems in total control of the onslaught of information. Prodding his followers to help him understand the context of a video: Sharing information while noting its unconfirmed status: Asking his followers to check in on the status of a fellow Twitter user: Challenging a report in order to move towards verification: Passing along a report from one of his sources on the ground:

Can 'Curation' Save Media? Tweet First, Verify Later? Real-time web, Social Media Curation and Verification « nicoblog maggio 5, 2011 alle 1:28 pm | Pubblicato su Il nuovo mondo | 11 commenti Here it is the research project I’ve worked on during my fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford Download PDF Summary by RISJ Nicola Bruno, an Italian journalist specialising in digital media and technology and its effect on journalism, has written a fascinating research paper on how mainstream media used social media in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in January 2010. How is the Twitter effect changing the coverage of crisis events around the world? Nicola focuses his attention on the online coverage of the Haiti Earthquake in three mainstream online media outlets:,, and Mi piace: Mi piace Caricamento...

Curating the Revolution: Building a Real-Time News Feed About Egypt - Phoebe Connelly - Technology Andy Carvin is a senior strategist at NPR working on digital media. He's known for putting together comprehensive and innovative packages around breaking news stories, and for the past three weeks, his Twitter stream has been a non-stop curation of the Egypt protests. Carvin has turned himself into "a personal news wire for Egypt." We talked with him about how he gained 4,000 followers, why he hasn't mapped his sources, and if curation is the new journalism. PC: This is not your first dive into deep social media coverage of a breaking event. AC: I've live-tweeted and live-blogged for a long time: 7-8 years as far as live-blogging is concerned, and four years for Twitter, especially during the '08 presidential election. Regarding this particular story, I've known North African bloggers for a number of years, especially in Tunisia but in Egypt as well, so I already had an idea about who some of the online players were, and their particular interests and goals. PC: Hrm. PC: Wow! AC: Heh.

The Role Of Curation In Journalism Jay Rosen points us to an article out of France that takes a stab at presenting what a modern internet-era newsroom should look like. The point that I find most interesting, that helped clarify a few different ideas for me, is that it splits "journalism" into three distinct categories, all of which have a role in the newsroom: Reporters -- who go out and do first person reporting -- creating original stories, not just reposting rewritten wire copy. Columnists -- who "start conversations and give stories another perspective." Curators -- who "'cover' the news by sorting, verifying and editing live everything good existing on the web and in the media. They make link journalism, they make the news more accessible." Unfortunately, for the most part, newspapers seem to look down on "curating" as if it's some sort of lesser form of journalism, and this is a sticking point that they're going to need to get past if they want to understand how people engage with the news today.