Curated articles are the core of curated content. And there are two ways to go about it: (1) curate the main gist of the article from parts of other people’s content and (2) curate full articles as is onto curated websites.
A curated blog often uses curated articles from the former, while curated websites often use curated of the latter.
Curating the Gist of an Article
Curating the gist of an article involves taking bits and pieces of other people’s content and organizing them into a new article.
Let’s use a fictional curated entertainment article about Kim Kardashian’s new hairstyle as one of these curated content examples. An entertainment writer may create a single curated article using three various sources: a video of the hairstyle from Kim’s public Snapchat, a text quote that Kanye West made on CNN about it, and a social media curation screenshot of a scathing set of Twitter comments from random people who said they hated it.
The writer will then provide the storyline or context by writing simple connecting sentences that tie these three borrowed snippets of content to each other.
And finally, he will make the proper source attributions on the article of the three sources he used there.
As you can imagine, curating the gist of an article takes very little time. As long as the writer has content curation down to a science, it will be a matter of cut-paste-connect. And it can’t get any easier to “write” an article than that.
Curating Full Articles
Curating full articles usually takes very little effort if you have a content curation plugin, tool or service that could do all the hard work for you.
Browser giants such as Google, Yahoo and Bing curate full articles onto their news platforms. Using RSS, these browsers are able to filter through thousands of sources quickly, easily and efficiently.
Highly popular websites, such as The Huffington Post and UpWorthy, take their aggregated new sources and publish them directly on their websites. These sites often look like digital newspapers or magazines. However, the difference is their content is not 100% unique. They reap the benefits of being a composite information source without going through the headaches of creating their content themselves.