I HAVE WATCHED members on the Storyful team do their work before they started working together and that's the big reason why I trust what they do with news.
Before Mark Little started Storyful, he reported the news with authority and integrity. When he decided to jump from mainstream broadcasting into the waters of new media, he knew how to pull together journalists who could source and cross-check the fast-moving flow of social content. It's a skill most people online do not have. The major reason Storyful succeeds is by being able to dip in and out of content streams coming from social media, breaking news sites, special aggregators and traditional sources. It is uncanny how Storyful can find and report on incidents that major news desks do not see. I think part of the reason is "the Storyful team" which happens to be the exact phrase several people a week use when coming to my blog. I've used that phrase just once and yet it's being cross-checked by people who want to know more about the fascinating people from across the globe who help produce the true story, not necessarily salacious news items. The result is news you can trust and that's why Storyful sits as a well-used bookmark on all of my mobile phones.
Previously: "Storyful in the Sunday Times", August 28, 2011.
Markham Nolan -- "Making journalism more social than ever", October 6, 2011.