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Content Curation: The News is Out on Paper.li

Updated on November 16, 2012
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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.

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    • molometer profile image

      molometer 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi kimh039,

      I'll check it out.

      I'm fine, thanks for asking.

      Just super busy.

    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for reading, molometer:) My paperli publication, Behavioral Health News still goes out every morning. Paperli re-formatted the appearance. I liked the older version better. They have an option now where you can pay to upgrade, but I still use the free version. I hope all is well with you molometer.

    • molometer profile image

      molometer 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting hub.

      I have been hearing a lot about Content Curation, and never knew that you had written this great introduction to the topic.

      Thanks for sharing your insights.

      Voting up and tweeting.

    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback, That Grrl. The publisher typically adds content from news wire, rss feeds, etc that relate to the topic. It takes some time to get the feed settings right.

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      Laura Brown 

      6 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I don't like how much other content Paper.li adds to your topic. I always feel I have to weed through them to find the good stuff.

    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      6 years ago

      thanks jfay2011:)

    • jfay2011 profile image

      jfay2011 

      6 years ago

      interesting hub full of good references.

    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      6 years ago

      Let me know if you start one, jenubouka. I'll add the link above. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      jenubouka 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting I will check it out. Thanks Kim!

    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      6 years ago

      Thank you, sweetie1. I hadn't really thought that a person might become discouraged, but that seems very plausible. Thanks for making that distinction....and for reading and commenting:)

    • sweetie1 profile image

      sweetie1 

      6 years ago from India

      Hi kim, very intersting and knowledgeable hub. I know web is a sea of knowledge but normally people give up because they dont get all the knowledge about something at one place, so it is very good if someone can put all revelent information from various sites in to one site. Thanks for sharing.

    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      6 years ago

      I think you can put in as much or as little effort as you want. You can set it once and keep it that way, or you can tweek it every day. Try it...what's to lose? You can always delete it. Let me know what you think.

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      diogenes 

      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Kim...That's for publishing a newsletter, isn't it? The only thing that worries me is it will get like HP and there will be so many people publishing their own papers the info will get duplicated and it will become hard work? Or do I have the wrong idea...Bob

    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      6 years ago

      @Mentalist acer - Conscious Tech and Science is your twitter feed? I thought you had some rss feed from some technical journals. That's part of the idea of paper.li is to be able to read your twitter feed in a newspaper format. Thanks for pointing that out.

    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the a.m. smile bob:) You've learned something new already today and it's still early. Yep, monetize is to make money from. If you open a paper.li account let me know and I'll post it above. The Diogenes Journal? Have a great day, and thanks for taking the time to read, vote and comment.

    • Mentalist acer profile image

      Mentalist acer 

      6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I'm using Paper.li using my twitter feed.;)

    • diogenes profile image

      diogenes 

      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      How interesting! A branch of news gathering I have never even heard of! (bloody dinosaur). New career titles pop up like fungi in the woods in the information age, don't they!

      And..."monetize??" That's a new way of saying "make money from" I guess...Ah, me, I'm such a relic!

      Voted up and interesting...bob

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