Is Curation the Future of Journalism? My response after read my teacher’s blog.

Is Curation the future of Journalism by Shari Weiss

First of all, I would say my first idea about curation was related with people who work in a museum. I study communication in Brazil and I had a teacher who was curator in a museum. That time, when he was my teacher, he was teaching esthetics and mass culture.

Reading this article “Is Curation the future of Journalism” at first make me think that the article it wasn’t a curation… but when I read the 5 sources recommended by my teacher, things started to get more clear.

The article “Is curation the future of Journalism” gave me important information.

1 – the curator has become a journalist by proxy.

2 – they are responding to a reader need.

3 – A curator is someone who acts as a medium between journalists/publications and readers.

4 – almost anyone can attempt to be a curator.

5 – Curators are like tour guides.

6 – The word “media” means in the middle and reporters have always been mediaries — or middlemen.

7 – Curators need to be trustworthy — and, thus, need to be held to standards, i.e., that is ethical practices as taught to journalists.

8 – Transparency is key, so sources must be cited when content is not original.

journalism into four roles: (a) reporters; (b) columnists; (c) curators; (d) editors

9 – I have “curated,” i.e. collected a lot of material about one topic. Or have I merely “aggregated” it. What is the difference?

10 – curation requires more than social sharing; rather the true curator adds value by offering knowledgeable analysis.

Than reading the 5 sources recommend by our teacher I realize that she aggregate information on her article from those sources.

As Mike Masnick said, and Weiss aggregate on her blog, journalism has 3 categories: reporters, columnists and curators. I thought it was interesting that Masnick said reporters should create original stories, not just reposting rewriting wire copy. In addiction I would say he also said curators cover the news by sorting verifying and editing live everything good existing on the web and in the media. They make the news more accessible.

I also thought it was important on the article “Curation, and journalists as curators” , wrote by Mindy McAdams that curator means, “to care”. We can also find important information like curator is considering how different items work together or complement one another. The audience is not coming from the same place as you are. When journalists are compiling a set of assets for one story, or a set of related stories, or a single story composed of multiple accounts, what arrangement or juxtaposition will be most effective in providing a good and satisfying experience to the audience? The curator – I think, the idea of expertise. Curation indicates a more careful process, with research and fact-checking and solid sourcing underneath it.Curators will change it up every so often. In journalism, depending on the topic, we might change it up once a week, or once a day. But even longstanding “exhibits” could benefit from a face-lift now and again.

The new age of curation in Journalism” also gave me new perspective of curation. When they talk about the ethical obligations a curator should have. “Building trust is important to validating curation as an evolutionary form of journalism, and many curators believe they should be held to the same standards as journalists…Ethical standards and transparency (like citing/crediting sources) are essential in building trust in a curator.” In addition we can read that a curator can influence what readers think before they even click the link. When we post on Twitter @somebody’s name, we are making a difference in what people will follow and read or not read in the world of scientific research as the article explain.

Christy Barksdale on her article “content curation: bringing order to information overload” make me also think about curation. She said that content curation is someone who continually finds, groups, organizes and shares the best and most relevant content on a specific issue online, according to rohit bhargava. As my first idea, I said my definition of curation was connected with my teacher, as I said at the beginning of my article, on this article, they said the same! “terms comes from museum curation – identity the most relevant or important be displayed in an exhibit for the public and people with higher levels of education do it”. Bui in addition, we can also read that content curation are simply filters of information. They can provide the same value as a museum curator. But isn’t just share the information, but filtering or aggregating with higher level of expert analysis giving to people access to great information.

As a conclusion, I would talk about “why curation is important to the future of journalism. According to Josh Sternberg, “the curator has become a journalist by proxy. They are responding to a reader need. With a torrent of content emanating from innumerable sources (blogs, mainstream media, social networks), a vacuum has been created between reporter and reader — or information gatherer and information seeker — where having a trusted human editor to help sort out all this information has become as necessary as those who file the initial report. They also said that curators are like tour guides. ““Good curators know where to find interesting things because they know the paths and can provide a knowledgeable voice to make things a little easier to parse. A good curator can see a clear direction and show others the way.” They help readers showing trustworthy sources of information and have to be credible with ethical standards and transparency. “Curators aggregate and reblog content they find interesting, or think their readers will find interesting.”

So, at the beginning I said I didn’t know my teacher was doing curation, but now, after all information, I guess she did.


About marianabra7

I'm a brazilian publicist and journalist. I came to U.S. to study English and i have been living here for almost 8 years.
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2 Responses to Is Curation the Future of Journalism? My response after read my teacher’s blog.

  1. “…considering how different items work together or complement one another…”

    A very powerful statement here. This is the very essence of success in Social Media. Thanks for sharing, Mariana.

  2. marianabra7 says:

    Thank you for everything and being participate all the time!

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