“Why Curation Is Important” Review

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

The title tells you what the article is about, why curation of news is important. I had to search in a dictionary for what exactly curation is. According to Google, curation is; “The act of organizing and maintaining a collection of artworks or artifacts.”

After reading the definition, understanding what a news curator is and does was extraordinarily easy. When I think about it, in a way, we are all news curators on our social networking sites; like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and even in blogs here on WordPress. Whenever there is some news story, we either retweet it or post it on our Facebook statuses. As a Twitter and Facebook user, I often post news about sports or other stories I find weird or interesting. I am so surrounded by news curators, I often get my news from them. If the news sounds far-fetched, I’ll double check it’s truth and when it is, I repost.

The best part about being a curator is that it is similar to being a news editor, but curators have much more freedom. “Even though curators share certain characteristics of editors, they don’t enjoy the exact same role. When a curator gathers information for their community, the content is something they are passionate about. Reporters, as we’re taught, are not supposed to be passionate and interject opinion into their story.”

Reference: http://mashable.com/2011/03/10/curation-journalism/

 

Writing For The Web

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

I’m taking this class because it sounded interesting and something that people do everyday in the “real world.” As a Communications major, in this day and age, learning to effectively write anything for the web is critical, which is another reason I’m taking this class.