More help-wanted ads list "curator" among the responsibilities. That duty is frequently described as just-in-time. The incumbent will have to breathlessly chase news. As developments take place around the world or in a niche such as workman's compensation or advertising, the curator is supposed to retrieve the content online and present an aggregate to readers.
Maybe that was useful before digital media became the norm. However, online whatever is a mature whatever. Being presented with a laundry list of coverage and opinions rarely creates value.
For example, Mediabistro.com provides a morning newsfeed on media. That is arriving in my e-inbox later and later in the day. Guess curating has become a more formidable task. If, say, Conde Nast ends internships, there will be a summary and several links to coverage and opinion, without strong commentary from the curator. Increasingly, I am opting not to click that open. I am quite adept at surfing the web and picking up breaking developments.
Where curating can still be useful is the way Abovethelaw.com (ATL) approaches it. In the morning there is an annotated list of developments of interest to law students, first-year to fourth-year associates in law firms, and establishment legal media. There is one link to the story, such as it is published in THE NEW YORK TIMES. The poster such as Elie Mystal gives his take.
In the evening, the curation provides what might have been noteworthy during that day. It could be a post on some obscure blog which went viral or a ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court. Again, the ATL reporter frames that in brief commentary. That is the value. That is why we whose professional life involves legal matters check the ATL site at least twice daily.
News, in itself, has become a commodity. Its market value is derived from what the media property does with it. Matt Drudge knew that way back when. For instance, he framed what he judged as important with his flashing blue light. His approach to curation still dominates digital media, despite all the competition such as from BUSINESS INSIDER and GAWKER.