Twitter Storify Digest

In this course, we’ve been discussing the importance of doing scholarship in public. Twitter is one of the public places where scholarly conversation can happen. You’ve signed up for your Twitter account and have been paying attention from the sidelines. For one week, you will be responsible for paying closer attention than usual. Using Storify, you will create a curated digest of the conversation that you monitor (see these examples). Narrate the conversation that you’re reading in short paragraphs, explaining the issue in greater depth and explaining (in your opinion) its significance. You can focus on events, conversations, a new tool, or publication announcements. Look for discussions in places like #digitalhumanities, #dh, and by seeing what the people on Dan Cohen’s list of DH people on Twitter.

You will need to create a Storify account, and will make your Digest there. (See the tutorial if you need help with Storify.) Post the link to your curated Digest on Slack, in the #assignments channel.

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Thanks to Chris Alen Sula and Kristen Mapes for this assignment.


Category Excellent Good Incomplete
Student has collected 3-5 tweets from the week of monitoring 5+ tweets 3-5 tweets Less than 3 tweets, wrong dates
Tweets are relevant to #DH or #DLA (issues, a tool, a conversation, a journal article or a project, a conference, etc.)


Tip: look through the followers/people on @DHNow, @DHandLib, and hashtags #dh and #dla

All tweets are engaging in relevant issues or conversation Some tweets are engaging in relevant issues or conversation Tweets have little to nothing to do with DH or DLA
Digest includes an introduction, explaining the curatorial schema


Tip: Why did you select these tweets? Do they all engage a similar issue?

Explanatory statement is clear and engaging; tweets are clearly assembled with clear theme. Explanatory statement describes most tweets; assembly is No introductory statement is made.
Digest includes appropriate narration of tweets


Tip: these need only be a sentence or two long. Why is it interesting? What is its significance?

Each tweet (or conversation) is placed in context and given brief commentary. An effort has clearly been made to narrate and curate tweets, but narration is lacking in context or analysis. Tweets are provided with little to no narration; student does not place tweets into any larger context.
Presentation Text is free of grammatical and spelling errors, is compelling and concise; student demonstrates mastery of Storify. Text is fair; care has been taken in the composition and editing, but text contains some errors. Student utilizes and understands basics of the platform. Text appears rushed or hurried, without careful proofreading. Tweets are assembled haphazardly, without clear understanding of the platform.