Instagram Journalism: Who’s Using It?

10 Apr

How much is Instagram worth to Facebook? More than $1 billion.

But what is it worth to a journalist? Decide for yourself.

Poynter discusses why it’s OK for media organizations to publish Instagram photos in some cases, but not all:

So filters might be OK to enhance a casual image of flowers blooming outside Rockefeller Center, but not for a photo of Richard Engel reporting from North Korea. It’s a judgment call in every case.

Here is a list of some news outlets using the mobile photo enhancement/sharing app (links are to Webstagram, which houses Instagram photos in desktop form):

An interesting note about ABC World News: the news outlet had an Instagram account, but it appears to have been deleted.

What other news organizations do you know of that use Instagram?

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4 Responses to “Instagram Journalism: Who’s Using It?”

  1. numerounoh April 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Here’s a link to the official Instagram blog, which I should have included: http://blog.instagram.com/

  2. ahutcher April 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    I’m not sure if I am a fan… Just like blogs making everyone a “journalist”… Instagram made everyone photographers and with the support from major sources like NPR and CNN who knows what uproar this could cause….

    I also can’t help but think of the disadvantages or sour factors that could come with something so public and permanent, let’s face it once its posted there’s no getting it back, some hacking or inappropriate photos uploaded. I see it happening.

    But who knows, I might be wrong ans with everything transforming digitally the possibilities are endless. This might be the future for journalism (to connect with the public “live” and then do a write up… a behind the scenes feel).

    • numerounoh April 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, Ashley. I think a lot of people share your concern, but there will always be a place for journalists to provide original content the average user cannot. That isn’t to say the users can’t contribute – in many cases they’re vital to coverage – but we’ll always need paid reporters on the ground.

      Check out Jay Rosen’s post “I’m There, You’re Not, Let Me Tell You About It” http://pressthink.org/2012/03/im-there-youre-not-let-me-tell-you-about-it/

      Specifically related to Instagram, Poynter does a good job pointing out the judgment calls necessary for using filters. I don’t think they’re ever acceptable for hard news coverage, but in the right situation, filtered photos can be a nice supplement, as long as their use is disclosed. Filters should never distort what’s happening at an event to someone who can’t be there. It will be interesting to see how other media outlets utilize the service.

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    […] Instagram Journalism: Who’s Using It? by numerounoh I’m not sure if I am a fan… Just like blogs making everyone a “journalist”… Instagram made everyone photographers and with the support from major sources like NPR and CNN who knows what uproar this could cause…. […]

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