A good example of a curated story

In Ron French’s curated story, he first presented and quoted the topic that Betsy DeVos discussed in the 60 Minute interview. French did not include his opinion in the story; rather, he curated multiple sources that explain how Michigan education is getting worse each year.

As a reader of French’s story, I was convinced by the data provided that the education in Michigan never been worst. French didn’t make any claims in the story; rather, he provided evidences of data, research, and facts that stated to the reader that Michigan education system is only going downward.

French used multiple resources in his story. Two of the resources that French presented in the story are Michigan spent $80 million to improve early reading and NAEP Data Explorer. The first source is Michigan spent $80 million to improve early reading which is one of French’s publications in Bridgemi.com. Second source is NAEP Data Explorer which is retrieved from the nces.ed.gov.

French used different resources in the story to state the facts that indicate that the education system in Michigan is only getting worse each year. The NAEP data showed the academic achievement level across the state of Michigan.

French introduced “contextually links” to make sure the reader knows some information about the source mentioned in the story, also he provided links to the actual source. For instance, Brian Jacob was one of the sources in French’s story. French provided a link to Brian Jacob’s page that has more information about him “…according to the analysis by Brian Jacob, a University of Michigan professor of economics and education.” (French, 2018).



Ron French’s article on Betsy Devos

Ron French created a very detailed curation about Betsy Devos’s interview on 60 Minutes. He uses multiple sources to back up the evidence he found about Michigan schools. His efforts and research make it be known that Michigan schools need improvement.

Just a few months before, Bridge MI released an article on January 28 titled “Michigan’s K-12 performance dropping at an alarming rate.” This article by Ted Roelofs uses statistics from the U.S. Census and other databases to provide access to the evidence used.

An outside source that French used is Brookings. This website uses hyperlinks in a different way. Brookings cite their evidence at the end of each sentence instead of including it directly in the article. This may be confusing to first time users and they may not want extended information.

The way that French introduces his evidence is by continuing his sentences as if the hyperlink was not there. However, the hyperlinks explain exactly what one should expect to find when clicking.