Other than Storify, what new tools excite you in digital journalism?
I'm quite addicted to metrics and like the work I see people doing like Chartbeat, also how Buzzfeed exposes all their metrics to readers
I'm watching with interest other ways of reading the news on phones, like Prismatic and Circa (although I spend most time on my iPad and iPhone reading through Pulse)
Medium is also something I'd like to play around more with, have heard great things about their simple editing interface
We’ve had some issues with Storify articles displaying well on mobile. What recommendations do you have more second-screen display? Do you think at some point Storify will move to a responsive template?
We definitely want to improve this and are working to get better. Designing for many browsers and being embedded on sites can be tricky due to other conflicts. But please do let us know as soon as you ever have problems, as the best way for us to be able to fix them is to be able to see it happening so our engineers can track down the problem.
We also have just hired a new community support person, Skyler Rogers, who is planning to develop more online resources for our users
Now that Hacks/Hackers is more than three years old (congrats!), do you see any changes in the relationship between hack and hacker cultures?
More and more newsrooms are realizing they need hackers in the newsrooms and ways to talk to each other. At the same time, I do think the hackers are seeing the value of what writers do and that both need to work together. That blend of art and science is where real innovation happens, as we've seen at companies like Apple
How have the goals of Hacks/Hackers changed since the group’s first meetup?
What I'd like to do more is to connect the communities across the world. We've seen some amazing growth in places like Argentina, who last year held an event with 500 people and invited guests from around the world and other Hacks/Hackers chapters. We need to foster that kind of collaboration all the time and enable people to work together
Karen: We're still working on this, but one feature we commonly are asked for is private stories. Also more customization and control over the story embeds, and more analytics.
That year-end post is a good wrap-up of stats. As far as traffic, we still are getting more views on other sites than on storify.com itself, which is fine with us. The main user base is journalists, but marketers are also a large group who use us to collect what customers are saying about companies, sometimes simply for internal reporting
Rick: One sign that gives us faith in Storify is that users have found ways to use the platform that we didn't predict. That shows us that Storify has broad applications and can grow with our users.
How do you evaluate potential new content partners/sources for the Storify platform? Any new additions in the works?
What have you learned about either running your own organization, or helping others, in the time since you and Xavier started Storify?
Many, many things! It's quite a difference going from covering breaking news at the AP, to the pace of developing software. As a journalist, it's clear that your goal is to cover the story and what you need to do. At a startup, you are by definition doing something no one has done before, so the path isn't clear. You have to be flexible but at the same time lay out a goal for people to rally behind.
You mentioned that more newsrooms are seeing the value of hackers and pursuing ways to help them communicate with journalists. Are there particular newsrooms you think are doing a good job integrating programmers? Or that are doing a good job retaining them, despite lucrative offers outside the industry?
The New York Times is probably one of the best, as they have some amazingly talented engineers there in the newsroom who are also leaders of very widely used open source projects.
The Guardian also does a good job, and AP has some talented people as well
The key is bringing programmers into the story discussions and not just having them handling the CMS, making them feel they are a part of the editorial process and thinking of new ways to tell stories.
Say you were teleported back to your role as an international correspondent for the Associated Press. Would tools like Storify make it into your workflow, and would the job be any different? And do you miss reporting and being immersed in that breaking news environment?
Being abroad, you tend to feel a bit isolated. But that has changed with social media, and I'd certainly be looking to social networks much more actively to find stories. As a journalist, you always want to know what the chatter is and stories you are missing, so now you can see that in places like Twitter and Facebook.
Sometimes I miss being on the ground where historical events are happening, but we still are a part of that when people use Storify for top news stories around the world -- so I get some of the news adrenaline rush. It's also nice to not have to jump on a plane all the time to head to some country that's falling apart