January 31, 2012 by yamakashi
Via Scoop.it – Scenario 25 club
Very interesting blog post exploring the intersection between the new curators and the ones who have played this key role as trusted sources of information since a long time: reporters and journalists. “The concept of curating news is not new. One can look to the supply-chain process of a news organization to see that several roles (editor, managing editor, etc.) have curation as a core competency; that is, the organizing of information filed by reporters into a deliverable packages for readers. But with the push of social media and advancements in communications technology, the curator has become a journalist by proxy. They are not on the front lines, covering a particular beat or industry, or filing a story themselves, but they are responding to a reader need. With a torrent of content emanating from innumerable sources”.
So, do these new gatekeepers have to apply the same ethical standards that news organisations? or a curator is by definition leads by passion and a less neutral role? “..curators should have more freedoms than traditional reporters in a couple senses, in that part of the appeal of good curation is that it carries the person’s footprint. Opinion isn’t really a bad thing, and in fact gives the content shape in this context.” Interesting debate, where they key value stays the same: the curator has to find the best practices and guidelines to build trust with his/her audience, in a world where we receive a massive amount of information and content.