Editors curate social media to tell story of winter storm, local athlete’s jump to NBA

Kaitlyn Yeager used Storify to display readers' Tweeted photos of a huge snowstorm in February.

The free online tool Storify is enabling journalists to tell stories through the curation of citizen’s posts on Twitter.

Register Citizen Community Engagement Editor Kaitlyn Yeager used it to tell the visual story of a huge snowstorm that hit Northwest Connecticut in early February. She turned to The Register Citizen’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and websites to encourage readers to post their photos of the storm to Twitter using the hashtag #RCSnow.

Storify enables you to collect and embed a category of Tweets like that in a format that can be embedded on a web page.

In late March, Register Citizen Sports Editor Dan Podheiser used Storify to capture the reaction of fans from Northwest Connecticut and the University of Maryland to news that former Torrington High School star Jordan Williams planned to leave college and declare for the NBA Draft.

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About mattderienzo

Matt DeRienzo has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter, editor, publisher and corporate editorial director and has been recognized nationally for leading newsroom innovation. He teaches journalism at Quinnipiac University, writes a monthly column for Editor & Publisher magazine, and serves as interim executive director of LION Publishers, a national network of local independent online news site publishers. Previously, he served as group editor of Digital First Media's publications in Connecticut, including the New Haven Register, Middletown Press, Register Citizen and Connecticut Magazine, and Northeast regional editor for Digital First Media. He also served as publisher of The Register Citizen, Middletown Press and a group of weeklies in Northwest Connecticut, and before that was corporate director of news for small dailies and non-daily publications for the former Journal Register Company. In early 2011, The Register Citizen was named one of Editor & Publisher magazine's "10 Newspapers That Do It Right," and DeRienzo was named to its annual "25 Under 35" list of leaders in the newspaper industry. In the fall of 2011, The Register Citizen was awarded the Associated Press Managing Editors Innovator of the Year Award in recognition of The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe, an "open newsroom" launched in Torrington, Connecticut, in December 2010. He led a team of more than 100 journalists in covering the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012 and 2013, and has been honored for his editorial writing and leadership of public service and investigative reporting. In 2014, his efforts at the New Haven Register were recognized with the APME's and ASNE's Robert C. McGruder Award for Leadership in Newsroom Diversity. DeRienzo is a former longtime board member of the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, and served as co-chairman of the United Way's annual fundraising campaign in 2009 and again in 2011. In 2011, he received the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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