Last week, the student journalists on the MA courses at City University heard from Paul Bradshaw about curation in the journalist sense. Since then, I’ve been working in the online “labs” with them on the idea. This post from Euan Semple neatly sums up one of the core ideas of curation at play:
The things I find interesting say something about me. Shared links are like the clothes you wear, they project an image of yourself that you hope some people will find attractive and be drawn to. This process of curating stuff that appeals to you allows you to be found by people who share your interests. This helps start relationships and build networks. This is how you get to do interesting things with interesting people.
For journalists, this is all part of working the beat online.