April 25th, 2012
They felt as if they were out there alone in digital land, under high pressure to get Web hits, with no training, little guidance or mentoring and sparse editing. Guidelines for aggregating stories are almost nonexistent, they said. And they believe that, even if they do a good job, there is no path forward. Will they one day graduate to a beat, covering a crime scene, a city council or a school board? They didn’t know.

Patrick Pexton, Ombudsman for the Washington Post, has written a thoughtful piece about the pressures that news curators face, especially at the Washington Post. 

Read more: Elizabeth Flock’s resignation: The Post fails a young blogger - The Washington Post

April 24th, 2012
Curation is the act of individuals with a passion for a content area to find, contextualize, and organize information. Curators provide a consistent update regarding what’s interesting, happening, and cool in their focus. Curators tend to have a unique and consistent point of view—providing a reliable context for the content that they discover and organize.

Steven Rosenbaum reflects on why content curators are so important. Read his tips for best practices when curating in Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web | Fast Company.

Also worth checking out the Curator’s Code, which providessome quick guidelines for acknowledging sources from Honoring Discovery. 

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