Curation and Journalism

Wordpress curation platform in the making?

Cheezburger CEO Planning WordPress-Style News 2.0 Software

Once you've built an empire of funny cat pictures and other user-generated comedy ephemera, what do you do next? Ben Huh, CEO of the sprawling Cheezburger network of comedy websites, has begun discussing a side-project he's working on called The Moby Dick Project. The Project's aim is to rebuild online media in a format that's suited for a changed media world. "Why are we still consuming news like it's 1899?" Huh asks in a blog post this morning. "I want to rethink how we read breaking news," he told me by phone today. He's talking with a small group of...


Circa. News, Reimagined.

Techcrunch announced today that Ben Huh ( and Matt Galligan (Socialthing, SimpleGeo both sold) joined forces to create Circa (

My question is: do we already know what it will look like? Is this Circa?



It's Not Curation It's Reporting

This post was originally written by Randy Murray and this is a must-read.

There are times when our use of language shifts and the meaning of words is altered. I typically don’t fight against it. But this current hijacking of the word “curation” to mean “a list of things on other web sites

I have come to think the same way about it: what most people do when they refer to "curation", which is essentially sharing interesting content they find online: posts, articles, media, products, etc... is not curation.

They are "reporting" on something, like Boing Boing, Buzzfeed, HuffPost, Mashable, etc...

Be honest. Providing links and commentary is a valuable service. It is an art form, but it is not curation. Some of my favorite daily reads do just that: sites like Boing Boing, Fark, and MinimalMac are terrific. But they’re not museums or libraries or zoos. They exercise no care or control over the things that they link to. They spread the word, but they preserve nothing.

There’s another, better term that is more accurate, a better fit. It doesn’t sound as highfalutin’, though.

It’s called “reporting.” All of these sites are doing journalism. It’s news, not a museum.

People are reporters/editors, citizen journalists not curators. And that is okay, it's just time to recognize what they really do and call it the right way. Understanding what they do enables service providers to build the tools they need in a format that makes sense for the users.

I think Ben Huh has been right for a while, blogging platforms will shape into reporting/newspaper type of platforms, allowing people to share interesting things they find online (since that is what most do) and not label their efforts as curation. This is what's fun, to feel like you are cresting a newspaper or magazine about topics/subjects you like.

One thing: design will be essential to carry this to the users.

Companies, small or big, bloggers, or individuals will find a platform that fits their needs, not to curate, but to report/share things that matters to or interests them.



Others suggest using "editorializing" over "reporting" which i guess makes sense.


Here's why news sites over aggregate...

Thomson Reuters bloggers attack Business Insider over fair use of other news stories…

The article was in response to news that Business Insider had raised about $7 million. The 60 strong Business Insider reports that it has more than 12 million pageviews a month, a very strong showing.

Mr McCarthy writes that some of this pageview count is built on the work of others and that some Business Insider stories are mostly rewrites of other news stories.

Mr McCarthy examined another story about an NFL running back and found a similar lack of original content (why did he not question why Business Insider is running sports stories, or stories featuring scantily clad women, such as above?)

But he wonders, “Why does Business Insider risk undermining all that highly original, distinctive content,” when it “over aggregates” original content from others?”

I can answer that one. It’s because of the economics of the online news business.

At the start of the year Mr Blodget revealed Business Insider revenues for 2010 were $4.8 million. The profit was just $2,127. This is not a profitable venture

I suggest that Messrs Salmon and McCarthy follow the money, they’ll get a much better story and then they won’t be puzzled why Business Insider does what it does.


A new business model for newspapers: articles as apps

I am tired of same old media headlines each time a new gadget comes out: Is [insert new gadget] going to save old media/newspapers? or Is [insert new gadget…


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