In-Class Assignment #4: Storify

January 31, 2012

Last week, we used Twitter to report. This week, we’ll use another popular app, Storify, to condense the best of those Tweets into a narrative that can accompany a news story or serve as a stand-alone narrative (adapted from Dave Burdick’s tutorial)

Getting Started

  1. Go to Storify.com and log in with your Twitter handle
  2. Once in, browse through the stories to get a feel for what’s possible
  3. Click the “Create Story” button at the top right of the screen and create a Storify page of your team’s scavenger hunt

Adding content

  1. In the left panel, add a title and description for your story in the blanks
  2. In the right “Media” panel, click the Twitter icon (the little blue bird) and type in “#WVUblogJ”
    • You can search users and keywords too, but start with this for now)
  3. Drag tweets and images from the right panel to where you want them in the left panel
    • You can click “Images” to just display images to use, “Timeline” for tweets a single user sees, and “User” for tweets from that user
  4. You can also include elements from Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram & Google by clicking the relevant tab on the right panel
  5. You can embed links to specific sites as well – just click the little chainlink icon, enter the URL, and drag it to your story
  6. Add text by mousing over blank areas before or after your content links. A yellow bar will appear. Click on any of these to enter text

Publishing your story

  1. At the top right of the left-hand window is a big, friendly blue “Publish” button – click it
  2. You’ll get a window with a Publicity message that lets you send this to Twitter or Facebook and also inform people you quoted
    • You can change these from their defaults to something better
    • You can skip this and send it later by clicking “Notify” at the top of your story panel
      • This is a great way to publicize what you’re doing to the people who helped you do it!
  3. If your Storify is associated with an actual news story (e.g., something in the DA or WVU News), and you’re embedding the Storify at the end, switch the default link to that of your story
    • NOTE: You can’t embed this code in a WordPress-hosted blog, but you can post to there by clicking “Export” (at the top)
    • To embed: Click “embed” (below the headline of your story) and copy/paste the resultant text to your story (or blog post).

In-class assignment (1/31/12): Storify your scavenger hunt and publicize, adding #WVUblogJ and #JRLweb tags to the update