Editorial content collaboration with Spundge

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Screen grab from the Spundge websiteI’ve just added Spundge to The Social Media Kitbag For Journalists after reading about how it was being used by newspaper journalists in the UK. It looks like a powerful tool for editorial collaboration. 

What does Spundge offer?

Spundge promotes its product with those three wonderful C-words which  journalists who use social media for newsgathering rely on – curate, collaborate and create.

The company describes Spundge as follows (all quotes – the bits in grey – are taken from the official site).

Spundge helps you connect with the best content creators on the web. Collaboratively curate the web and create relevant, influential content. Publish and track your content via Spundge’s smart social containers.

Spundge offers the following three steps:

1: Discover and filter

Create a Spundge Notebook to stay on top of a topic, person, company or interest. Spundge Notebooks deliver a stream of relevant content from news sources, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Flickr and SoundCloud. Filter and then save the best of what you discover.

Creating a notebook is simple and the streams work really well. The instructions are easy to follow. Just click on the sources you need, type in your keywords and it’s done. I can see this being valuable for storing all those elements you may need to return to in order to validate a piece of journalism and reference/include the original sources.

2: Curate and collaborate

Invite friends and colleagues to contribute to Notebooks and discover and save new items. They receive notifications when new content is saved, and can add comments to Notebook items. Collaborative Curation enables you to track information, while instantly sharing with friends and colleagues.

This is the function I have not tried but I can imagine this would be useful when working with a team on a story. The ability to add comments on a notebook item could mean that journalists are able to update the piece with their latest findings and tips.

3: Stream and publish

Transform your Notebook into a real-time stream you can embed anywhere on the web. Share what you’re reading, or curate a real-time newswire about a breaking event or topic of interest. Embedded Notebooks can be placed on a personal website, topic page, as part of an article or blog post… anywhere.

My first attempt at using Spundge

I’ve created one Spundge notebook entitled Free tools for journalists in order to test the system. It’s  just a random list of articles I selected using the “Notebook Firehose” feature which lets you select feeds from social networks based on the key words you choose.

I haven’t collaborated with anyone yet, but the instructions seem fairly straight forward. I have made my notebook public, although there is a private option – which could be good for collaborating around a story with colleagues without giving all your leads away.

The embed worked fine, although I didn’t like the way it displayed in this page.  I chose the option to only show one entry.

I was hoping it would link to the Spundge notebook I had created and display the front page image and description, but instead it displays the entries you have made to the notebook.

Spundge responded to the white space issue after reading this piece.


I have now removed the embed because it wasn’t displaying what I wanted and because of the space issue.

Spundge Pro

There is also a pro version which offers more, but the free versions seems enough to be going on with for now.

Have you used Spundge for newsgathering?

If you have any experiences of using Spundge for newsgathering, curation and story collaboration please share them using our comment box below along with any tips of how it worked.

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Spundge Verdict

Having only just been introduced to Spundge my first impressions are that this could be a valuable news collaboration tool, especially for those scouring social media for story leads.

I like the firehose feature and ease at which you can select items and add them to your collection.

The embed feature could be good for those who want to offer sources for their work. It looks a bit like a Storify embed when published but without the line around that distinguishes the embed from the rest of the content.

I am looking forward to reading more about how journalists are using it in their work. Comments welcome below.

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  • Craig Silverman

    Thanks for testing out Spundge, David. I’m part of the team (and am also a journalist), and I recently wrote a blog post that offers five case studies of how people are using embedded Notebooks:

    http://blog.spundge.com/post/38390226848/5-ways-to-power-your-content-strategy-with-an-embedded

    We also have a look at how journalists are using their public Notebooks:

    http://blog.spundge.com/post/36743860974/8-ways-journalists-are-using-spundge-notebooks

    I hope those posts are helpful.

    • http://www.mediahelpingmedia.org/ David Brewer

      Thanks for those links Craig. Great examples. Adding context comments between entries would be a great enhancement and would allow the curator of the notebook to explain why people should read the items listed. David

  • http://DoorCountyStyle.com designwise

    I am really aggravated at being added to somebody’s India newspaper promo notebook and getting tons of junk email from Spundge. I don’t want anyone adding me to anything. I am right on the edge of calling this a BIG annoyance and quitting Spundge. Tell me how this works, because I cannot even find the source called “Live Punjab” …nonsense.

    • http://www.mediahelpingmedia.org/ David Brewer

      Hi, I am sorry you are having problems. This site doesn’t have a relationship with Spundge other than testing the tool. I suggest you contact Craig (posted below) to see if he can help. I have dropped him an email alerting him to your post. David

      • Guest

        Thanks Juan and David! I should have that cute young girl that I never heard of was just a scam …but her posts looked so upright.

      • http://DoorCountyStyle.com designwise

        Thanks Juan and David! I should have known that cute young girl that I never heard of was just a scam …but her posts looked so upright.

    • jdilelle

      Hello,

      We are sorry to hear that you are encountering spammy content. We’ve recently put in place spammy content detection mechanisms and have cleaned up many questionable accounts. Here are two tips we generally recommend to avoid such situations:

      1. only accept invitations to connect from people you know: only connected users can invite you to collaborate on notebooks and stories.

      2. adjust your email notification settings at https://www.spundge.com/@/settings/notifications/ to control when and how often email notifications are sent to you.

      Thanks a lot for your patience while we adjust the platform’s preferences and spam/junk detection mechanisms as it grows in popularity. Would you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@spundge.com — we’ll be happy to help.

      Best regards,
      Juan Pablo
      http://www.spundge.com/@jdilelle