This challenge is due by noon Monday, April 28.
This challenge asks you to use Storify to curate social media content related to an event or topic in the news. You will create a story on Storify and write a short blog post with a link to the story.
Log in to Storify (you may use your Twitter account to log in) and click the link to create a story. Assemble a story about an event or topic that has been in the news recently. The event or topic may be SHU-related, local, regional, national, or international in scope, but it needs to be timely, and it needs to be something that has been discussed extensively in a variety of social media.
Your Storify story must contain at least 12 social media elements/links (more than 12 is great) from a variety of sources, including:
- at least 6 tweets, Facebook posts or comments, and/or Google+ posts
- at least 3 videos and/or photos
- at least 3 links to websites, news stories, or blogs
The story also must have an informative headline. The headline needs to be more than just a 2- or 3-word label. It should be similar to the headline of a news story or a press release. It should have a subject and verb. It should make sense to the casual reader. Keep in mind that the headline is what would show up in Google search results, so think it terms of keywords and search engine optimization.
In addition to the headline, the story needs introductory text (directly underneath the headline), at least two subheadings (use the “Header” button in the toolbar of the Storify editor), and at least three paragraphs of transition/explanatory text.
When you are finished, publish the story and note the address (URL) for the page (not the embed address, which won’t work). Write a short blog post on your WordPress blog (about 250 words or fewer) explaining your story and linking to it (WordPress will allow you to link to it but not embed it). Double-check to make sure the link works. Also, include appropriate “tags” for your blog post. When you are finished, email me (by noon Monday, April 28) at COJR3002@gmail.com with a link to the blog post.
It’s possible to assemble a Storify story in just a few minutes, but a good one requires some time and effort. Some of the things that distinguish a good Storify story from a not-so-good one:
- Selection of appropriate social media content: Don’t just use any tweets, Facebook posts, videos, etc. Be a curator, not just an aggregator. Find good content that adds informational value. Make sure the social media content is coming from credible sources.
- Organization: The Storify story is a narrative. It needs to “flow.” There needs to be a logic to the order in which the information is presented. For some topics, a chronological approach might work best. For others, an “inverted pyramid” approach (most important information at the top) might be best. For still others, a thematic approach, in which information is grouped by theme or subtopic, might be most appropriate.
- Solid writing, with background and context: Write strong passages to tie together the social media content and provide any necessary background and context to the reader. Pay attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
A couple of links that might be of help:
Submitting the assignment
After you have finished the Storify story and the blog post, email me at COJR3002@gmail.com with a link to the blog post. The email must be sent by noon Monday, April 28.
The assignment is worth 20 points, broken down as follows:
- Use of social media content (10 points): Did you select appropriate social media content that has informational value? Did you include a variety of social media content? Did you meet all of the minimum requirements, outlined above?
- Storytelling and writing (10 points): Does the story have an informative headline, a narrative flow, smooth transitions, and appropriate background and context? Is the story free of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization mistakes?