Monday, January 26, 2009

Journalists as curators

You hear a lot nowadays about how journalists can serve as curators of certain subjects, locales or topics, but not much discussion about just what that means or how to do it.

I happen to believe the concept is ripe with possibilities, harnessing skills and instincts good journalists already have in providing real value to audiences who are drowning in unfiltered information.

Now Mindy McAdams has posted a quick list of key concepts.
It's all worth reading. Here's a taste:

If a museum curator has access to 10,000 small clay tokens from ancient Iraq and Syria, how many — and which ones — should appear inside the glass case? If a journalist is going to provide links to reliable sources about planning for retirement (or breast cancer, or choosing a college), which are the best, clearest, and most up-to-date?

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