If you wonder what a curation team is, don’t bother to apply. If you wonder what a curation team could be, and have some ideas, we want to hear from you.
Mandy, who will supervise the curation team, has a draft of a job description that will be included with the official job postings for a curation team leader and two curation editors. But we want people in these positions who will be finding the right directions for their jobs, not following our direction.
So here’s an invitation to journalists interested in curating for Digital First (or those interested in contributing to a broader conversation about curation): Tell us how you think a national journalism curation team should work:
- How should we provide curation around big national stories, where primary coverage will be handled either by our staffs or by our content partners?
- How should we curate the social conversation around the day’s big “talker” stories?
- How should we help local newsrooms in their curation efforts (without becoming a curation “silo,” taking on responsibilities that should stay in the local newsrooms)?
- What curation tools should we use?
- What kind of content should we curate?
- How should we evaluate, verify and attribute content we curate?
We invite you to join the conversation, whether you’re interested in a job with us, whether you’re considering curation needs for your own news operation or whether you just want to contribute to the discussion. You can join in the comments on my blog or on Mandy’s related blog post. Or you can use this form to submit confidential responses. Or tweet using #DFMcuration. Update: If you’d like to reply on your own blog, we’d appreciate that, too. Please share the link in the comments here or through the #DFMcuration hashtag or by email.
A few details that may be helpful: The curation team will be part of Project Thunderdome, which will handle national content for the 75 daily newspapers and their websites of Digital First Media (scattered across 18 states across the country), as well as some niche content that may be used by the sites of our weekly papers.
Update: Someone asked on Facebook where the team would be located geographically and in the organization structure: My reply: “The team will curate content for all DFM newsrooms around the country. We expect that someone will be based in our New York newsroom and others will be based in other time zones, either in other DFM newsrooms or in their homes. We’re flexible about geographic location. In the org structure, the curation team is part of the engagement team that I lead.”
We look forward to reading your thoughts on curation.
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