Week 5 – How the heck do I use Storify?

Practical: Establish a Storify account

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I found it difficult to set up a Storify account.

However, I knew I had to persevere as the ability to develop and convey messages using multiple social media platforms is now a requisite skill for journalists (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012, p. 285).

I found Storify clunky and not very user-friendly.

When I tried to register an account, I chose “Nouveau News” as my user name.

It was only after I completed the rest of the steps and hit enter that an error message popped up.

It said my user name could only contain alphanumeric characters.

I was confused for a few minutes about why I was getting that message but I eventually worked out it was because I had a space in my user name.

Once I changed it, I was able to register successfully.

The first account I reviewed was ABC News because I find that their journalism is always less ‘tabloid-y’ and more informative than other news outlets.

One of the most recent articles on their page was “Celebrating Kosovo’s first ever Olympic medal“.

What surprised me about it was that the article was just several tweets dumped on a page.

There was no context to the article other than the headline and tag line, which I consider an oversight by the journalist, as the relationship between images and words is important.

How was I as a reader supposed to understand the article? There was no background information at all. Where is Kosovo? Who was the winner of the medal? What is their backstory?

The second account I reviewed was Travel and Leisure Magazine because I love travelling.

One of the stories on their account that I noticed was “Cat sailing around the world” because it involved one of my other loves, cats.

This article provided more context than the ABC one because it was structured like a photo essay, with a series of photos and captions underneath.

I would love to be able to take my two cats, Arti and Cleo, around the world with me, just like Liz, the lady in the article.

I don’t think they would like it too much, though.


ABC News Storify 2016, ‘Celebrating Kosovo’s first ever Olympic medal’, blog post, 8 August, viewed 11 August 2016, https://storify.com/abcnews/celebrating-kosovo-s-first-ever-olympic-medal

Ames, K 2016, Module 5: Writing for social media, course notes, COMM11007: Media Writing, CQUniversity e-courses, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au

Logo-square 2016, graphic, Storify, viewed 11 August 2016, https://storify.com/public/img/logo-square.jpg

Travlandleisure Storify 2016, ‘Cat sailing around the world’, blog post, 26 April, viewed 11 August 2016, https://storify.com/travlandleisure/cat-sailing-around-the-world

Whitaker, W R, Ramsey, J E & Smith, R D 2012, Media writing: print, broadcast, and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.

Editing Note: The ‘y’ was removed from ‘ever’ in my seventh paragraph following the below feedback from Brian.


12 thoughts on “Week 5 – How the heck do I use Storify?

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  1. Hey Taylor,

    I found Storify to be a little odd too. Particularly when searching for profiles/accounts. I could only find stories and some stories took me to websites outside Storify.

    As for your writing, it looks good to me.

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    1. Hi Mike,

      Thanks goodness! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one.

      Yes, that was really bizarre! I found myself on people’s websites wondering how I’d ended up there!

      Thanks for your feedback :).

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  2. Hi Taylor, I am with you both on that one, it was not user friendly and the search facility was returning all sorts of issues not associated with my requests.
    I noticed an extra ‘y’ in the sentence “Kosovo’s first ever(y) Olympic… “. Otherwise all looks great. A new word for my private lexicon is “tabloidy”.


    1. Hi Brian,

      Yes! It was a bit frustrating and it took me about 15-20 minutes to finally work out what was going on.

      Okay, thank you. I will go back and edit this now.

      Haha, it’s not really a real word I guess. I’ve noticed things similar to this in media writing before where they put ‘-y’ after a word to show that it’s intended to be colloquial rather than a proper word.


      1. Hi Taylor, yes nothing wrong with a flourish or two. In years to come, you may find it in a dictionary. It may be become a meme which, as a word, was only created in 1976 by Richard Dawkins.

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  3. Hi Taylor,

    Great to hear I’m not the only one who had trouble with Storify. I managed to register okay but when I tried to link info from Facebook I had nothing but trouble.

    I liked your review of the two Storify accounts – short but entertaining.


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