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Top 5 Storify tips for journalists

Storify can help manage the firehose of tweets, Instagram photos, Facebook posts and other social media tidbits that threaten to drown us daily.

The free service allows users to curate public social media content in creative ways to tell stories. For instance, several news organizations used Storify to report on events in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury decided against indicting the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen. The Mashable story makes terrific use of tweets, photos and videos to put the reader on the ground in the aftermath of the decision.

Mashable Storify

Because all of the content links to its original location (and credits whomever posted it), Storify avoids copyright infringement — whether the Storify is freestanding or embedded on an organization’s website.

At the Kiplinger Program, we strive to #PracticeWhatYouTeach. Here are our Top 5 tips for using Storify effectively:

1. Set up your Storify in advance. 

Whether you’re covering an event or breaking news, save time by setting up a Storify template in advance. Think about how to organize the story. Write explainer text and create links to websites with supplemental information. Find an image that works as a dominant visual. Prominently display the hashtag you’ve decided to use. For our Kiplinger Digital Media Summit, we created a Storify organized by the sessions at our workshop. In advance, we listed the speakers and built links to their LinkedIn profiles for biographical information. Continue reading

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Nigerian journalist surprise visitor to digital media summit

Boyboye Onduku poses next to a drone at the Kiplinger Digital Media Summit.

Boyboye Onduku poses next to a drone at the Kiplinger Digital Media Summit.

A short year ago, Boboye Onduku, the editorial director for Leadership Group in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, had only dreams of extending his journalism career beyond his country’s borders.

But, he knew that if he was to improve his newspaper and its five websites, he was going to need more training. So, like many Africans, he cast his eyes toward the United States and its vast media sphere. Here was the model of the free press, digital and social media, training and experts.

While it came as a surprise to many of the 80-plus attendees at this year’s Kiplinger Digital Media Summit that an African journalist showed up, it’s become second nature for Onduku to make plans to go where the training is.

Already in Atlanta for a Society of American Business Editors and Writers convention Oduku said he learned of the Kiplinger event through Eventbrite and decided to spend the extra money to come to Columbus for the two-day summit.

“I saw this and I wanted to come. I looked at the program and there were so many things that I needed to learn. It was worth it to me to pay for the extra flight and to change my old flight to come here,” he said.

He has also applied for Kiplinger’s Fellowship Program in April and hopes to make a return trip to central Ohio.

“You don’t grow and you don’t learn if you stay in one place,” he said.

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Kiplinger Fellowship applicants aplenty. But who are they?

2014 Kip Fellows.

2014 Kip Fellows.

625. That’s the official number of applicants for the 2015 Kiplinger Fellowship. It’s significant, particularly when you consider the enormous Excel spreadsheet that holds all those application details.

Being the digital freaks we are at the Kiplinger Program, we have parsed that number many ways. Slightly more men than women, 56 percent, applied. Nearly as many Asians and black people (about 30 and 28 percent, respectively) applied as white people did.

And, the data proves it: Journalists are procrastinators. At least 32 percent of the applications were submitted in the last five days; 20 percent of applicants waited until the last two, and Americans were the leading holdouts. Tsk, tsk.

But the true nitty-gritty, the texture and substance that draws all of us to this profession, is not in the numbers, but in the columns of type folded into that Excel document.

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