Using Storify as a journalism education tool
November 20, 2015

Using Storify as a journalism education tool

Nahed Eltantawy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Storify

Storify is being used in my Convergent Journalism II class, which is our capstone journalism class. I require all my students to produce one Storify news story, where they have to cover a current event via social media evidence. This assignment teaches students how to use social media for evidence and facts. We spend time in class working with Storify, conducting searches via Storify and, once students get comfortable using Storify, they begin working on their individual stories.

I have also talked with some of my colleagues who teach other journalism and social media classes, and they are assigning Storify assignments in their classes for the first time this fall.
  • Allows journalists to search diverse social media outlets.
  • Enables journalists to cover social-media related events as they unfold.
  • Makes writing online stories easy, with very simple skills.
  • Allows journalists to create accurate stories with evidence/examples from YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Maybe a more detailed search engine/method.
  • It would be nice if we could search Facebook/Instagram, etc. even if the user does not have a FB/Instagram account.
  • Offer users a simple video tutorial on how to conduct searches for various social media.
  • Positive feedback from students who knew nothing about Storify.
  • Teaching journalism students an essential skill in this social media-driven media market.
  • Positive feedback from colleagues who also knew little or nothing about Storify and its potential.
I honestly can't compare it to other products as I have not used anything close to Storify. We use blogs like WordPress and Blogger, but that is very different from Storify.
I am already recommending Storify to my journalism colleagues and at least three of them are using Storify this fall based on my recommendation. I have also recommended it to a colleague who teaches strategic communication, as Storify has great potential for advertising & PR.