Content Curation: The News is Out on Paper.li
The News is Out on Paper.li
Content Curation or Media Curation involves gathering and sorting information from multiple sources on the web and presenting it to readers. There is no shortage of media content or people producing media content, but being able to find relevant, reliable and high quality content from all the available sources, and presenting the information to a select audience of readers in a way that is useful and appealing, is the work of a content curator. A museum curator organizes and chooses items for a museum exhibition. A content curator organizes and chooses content for a media publication; a newspaper or news show.
The old model of “broadcasting” information from one source, say NBC, CBS or ABC to the masses is changing. Now we are seeing “narrowcasting” of information. One person is sending information to a few friends and followers. The old model was “one to many.” The new model is “one to a few.” There is a great deal of content being created and published on the web, but a particular piece of content is interesting only to a few content readers. Sometimes good content gets lost in the volume of content on the web. A curator sorts through all the information, identifies and presents the information that is most relevant and reliable, and distributes the information to a group of followers who are interested in the content.
Content curation is a way to stay informed about a particular topic and to establish a reputation as a “subject matter expert.” It is a good source of ideas for writing content, and can be used to identify patterns and trends in the media. There is a need to have trustworthy curators who can be relied upon for providing the latest and most relevant information. Having a trustworthy curator is essential for a person who wants to stay abreast of current events and information, but whose time is too limited to sort through the flood of emails, twitters, reader feeds and rss feeds. Content curation is a valuable service in the information age.
The curator carries some risk in the sense that if the information is not reliable or accurate the curator will lose the trust of followers, and consequently lose followers. When a curator includes information from a source in their publication, they are essentially endorsing that source or writer as one which produces reliable content.
When the curator is also a content creator, the opportunity to promote one’s own content emerges, and the publication becomes a source of links back to the original content source. Including content from followers and favorite content creators is an effective way to build social media relationships.
There are a growing number of sites that offer curation services for a fee. Some of these are for written content; others for video content; still others for both written and video content. Magnify.net, Outside.in Neighborhood News and 9x9.tv are a few examples. CurationSoft.com offers software that can be purchased and downloaded for use in desktop publishing. Some of these sites allow content writers to submit feed to them. Paper.li offers a content curation service that is free and allows quick and easy publication of web content in the form of a daily online newspaper.
I first came across paper.li on twitter. A familiar content writer from HubPages, melbel, tweeted the message, “The Daily Hubber is out.” I checked it out a couple times and thought it was interesting. One day when I was looking a little closer, I noticed the image of one of my hubs and a link to my hub. I became curious about what was involved in producing this publication, and clicked the paper.li link on the top of the page. I then clicked the “start your paper” link. I identified a title for my online newspaper, Behavioral Health News, added some rss feeds that I often use when researching a hub, chose the language(s) I wanted to use, pressed the “publish” button, and Voila! Now every morning around 9:00 am the message, “The Behavioral Health News is out” is tweeted to all my twitter friends.
There doesn’t appear to be a way to monetize the publication, but it is a good link back to a few highlighted hubs that are relevant to the daily feed topics. For example, if there is a lot in the news about depression or addiction, I might feature hubs related to those specific behavioral health conditions. In melbel’s case, her publication is dedicated to profiling hubs, so any hub may be relevant initially. She can use editor tools to delete or highlight hubs. I have noticed that melbel uses a twitter hashtag to link to HubPages. Mentalistacer publishes Conscious Tech and Science. From viewing their publications, I learned how to drag video content and images to my paper using the paper.li tool bar feature.
Anyone who is using twitter to share a link to an interesting article or video, their own or someone else’s, is curating content. A re-tweet is content curation. Simply put, content curation is sharing interesting content with friends and followers. Paper.li makes it easy to use technology to curate content.
- The Daily Hubber
A personalized newspaper built from articles, blog posts, videos and photos selected by Melanie Shebel.
- Conscious Tech And Science
A personalized newspaper built from articles, blog posts, videos and photos selected by bryan j trahan.
- This Is Your Brain on #mindamp
A personalized newspaper built from articles, blog posts, videos and photos selected by George Station.
- Behavioral Health News
A personalized newspaper built from articles, blog posts, videos and photos selected by kimh039.