Instagram for Journalist


What is Instagram? “Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures” as described by Its is a free app the can be found in the apple store & the android marketplace. The journalist who use Instagram the most effectively are the journalist who use the images to only draw in the reader & the caption briefly describes the picture. As opposed to attempting to post an entire article on the app. Some journalist attempt to publish stories that won’t make it into an official publication & those stories caption’s are more lengthy.

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This screenshot is from the of a journalist’s instagram.

History of Instagram

The name is a combination of “Instant Camera + Telegram= Instagram

The creators of Instagram say they created the app to solve three problems.

  1. Mobile photos always come out looking mediocre. Our awesome looking filters transform your photos into professional-looking snapshots.
  2. Sharing on multiple platforms is a pain – we help you take a picture once, then share it (instantly) on multiple services.
  3. Most uploading experiences are clumsy and take forever – we’ve optimized the experience to be fast and efficient.

Instagram promotes ‘instagrammers’

If using instagram for journalistic purposes you need to stay consistent. With the use of hashtags it encourages traffic. Once you have traffic your followers should have an attractive

Journalist are using instagram to lead potential viewers to other sites, or for branding and consumer engagement.

What makes Instagram unique for journalist is its element of crowd-sourcing. The users can provide looks into news stories. News channels such as wsbtv will encourage their followers to tag channel 2’s instagram profile in post.




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