This week explore ways newsrooms can curate social media content, and we get some advice on how to think like a tech startup.

PART 1: Social media curation

Online tools like RebelMouse, Storify and ScribbleLive can help turn social media fragments into useful journalism and enable newsrooms to connect and engage with their communities in new ways. We hear about the possibilities from Baltimore Sun Community Coordinator Michael Gold, Al Jazeera America Social Media Editor Jared Keller and Public Media Campaign Director Josh Stearns.

Reporting by Chelsea Stuart.

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A few examples:




  • Margarita Noriega of Reuters kept a live blog throughout this year's raising of the Costa Concordia Italian cruise ship that capsized in 2012.

  • Al Jazeera is using ScribbleLive to power ongoing reporting on places like Syria, Egypt, etc.

PART 2: Thinking like a startup

Reynolds Fellow Chris Shipley has covered the technology industry and as executive producer of the DEMO conference helped startups bring their products to market. She says journalists could make their work appeal more to their audiences by adopting the kind of consumer-focused mentality that drives many successful new ventures.

Reporting by Teddy Nykiel.

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For more information about Shipley's work as a Reynolds fellow, see this article.

Reuben Stern  
Director of NYC Partnerships


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