Storify is about creating and documenting a conversation about events as they unfold.  It is a type of online storytelling that incorporates all forms of social media.    Instead of copying and pasting status updates, tweets and pictures for static print, people can use Storify to create a versatile “story” that viewers can interact with.  Storify is free and easy to navigate.  You no longer have to just read an article, you can actually interact with it and add your own opinion, links and pictures.

I believe that Storify has become popular and will gain popularity because of citizen-reporting.  It seems that everyone has a phone and can upload material to the Internet.  With all of this information it is often hard to sort and read through the content found on the Internet.  Storify makes this easy to do with it’s content management system.  You can type in any term that you want and immediately find what you are looking for.  Then all you have to do is click, add and create text.  Then BAM!  You have your own interactive Storify article.

A lot of events in the news are ongoing.  Storify is easy to use for these events.  Content can be updated easily and people can add pictures, quotes, links, YouTube videos and opinions.  Reporters can incorporate citizen-journalist’s media and create a conversation instead of a static article.  That’s the beauty of Storify, with the birth of social media comes the interactive nature of this movement.  Why keep news stories to a static format especially if they are being put on the Internet?  Things are different on the Internet.  People can incorporate all sorts of interactive media into their story.  News is no longer about just reporting.  News has expanded into interacting and engaging.  Storify makes interacting and engaging easy for everyone involved.

Top 10 Ways Journalists Can Use Storify  According to Zombie Journalism:
1.  Organizing reaction in social media:
Able to gather reaction from Twitter and Facebook to create a clean and approachable Storify that is easy to put togehter.
2.  Giving back-story using past content: Can give the back-story and use curated social media reactions.
3.  Curating topical content: Can use Storify to create RSS feeds that pour into websites to create up-to-date reviews, reactions, media and information about desired content.
4.  Displaying a non0linear social media discussion or chat: Create a discussion that incorporates followers and writers that goes back-and-forth.
5.  Create a multimedia/social media narrative: Can use to see how a story progresses.
6.  Organize live tweets into a story:
Can use your tweets from real-time tweeting to create a story when the event is over.
7.  Collaborate on a topic with readers:
Readers can add context.
8.  Create a time-line of events: Easy way to pull-in text and other content to create a nice looking time-line.
9.  Display audience content from across platforms: You can ask readers to send you media across multiple platforms without having to re-post your request.
10.  Live curate live tweets from the stream: You can pull together live tweets to create a story that makes sense.  You don’t even have to use hash-tags or post them in the order you want.  Storify lets you create your own time-line afterward.

Overall, I think that Storify has a lot of really innovative ways to create news content.  I can’t wait to see how it evolves and is incorporated into the mainstream media in the future.

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