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#Podcast: Using Instagram to find and share media with meaning

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Image by Sean MacEntee on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

The use of Instagram continues to spread among journalists, as news outlets test out different ways to share images, and now microvideo, with their existing audience and to reach new communities.

In this week’s podcast, we look at different examples of how Instagram has been used to share and gather images. As well as some of the initial lessons learned, we discuss the benefits for individual photographers or journalists and the media outlet overall.

We hear from:

  • Peter Bale, vice-president and general manager, CNN International Digital
  • Paul Moakley, deputy photo editor, Time magazine
  • Kathy Ryan, photo editor, The New York Times Magazine
With additional reporting by Alastair Reid, news reporter,
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#Tip: Search Instagram pictures using Gramfeed

October 30th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Search, Top tips for journalists


This tip is one shared by Alessandro Cappai, a digital editor in Italy who attended MozFest, the Mozilla Festival at the weekend.

He pointed me in the direction Gramfeed, explaining how it can be used to explore Instagram pictures and “find images through hashtag, username or location”.



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#Tip: Advice on creating 15-second Instagram videos

September 18th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Multimedia, Top tips for journalists
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By Das-Fotoimaginarium on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Here are “11 practical, use-them-right-now tips that will help you produce better Instagram videos“.

Wondering how much journalistic value there is in producing 15-second videos? Read this on how NowThis News is producing ‘instaview’ videos, offering soundbite answers from an interview.

The Instagram video tips offered include:

Hold your finger over your phone’s microphone if you don’t want sound when shooting a clip within the app.


Keep several standard clips on your phone for when you need to create on the go.

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#Tip: Instagram for newsrooms


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Instagram is more than just pretty pictures, says a post on Poynter, which outlines how news outlets can use the photo-sharing network for engagement and reporting.

In the post, which is at this link explains how various news outlets are using Instagram.


It is also worth adding that the Boston Globe has an Instagram wall, a screen which displays geolocated pictures as they are shared.

You might be interested to read this feature on how the wall gave an insight into how people were spending their time when off work in the days following Hurricane Sandy.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: How news outlets can use Instagram

On its Tumblr Instagram has produced a list of three ways news outlets can use Instagram to curate, crowdsource and “capture users’ attention”. The post also usefully links to real-life examples by news outlets which demonstrate the different suggestions made by Instagram.

See the full post.

Earlier this month reported on how the Boston Globe is using an Instagram wall to feeds its journalism. The wall displays all Instagram pictures posted in the local area as part of a partnership between the Globe and the MIT Media Lab.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Embed Instagram images in your blog

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By Potzuyoko on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

WordPress this week announced that it was introducing the ability to easily embed Instagram images in blogs.

All you need to do is paste the URL of the Instagram picture in the visual text view and the image will show.

The feature has not yet been introduced for those with self-hosted accounts. According to The Next Web, this will be introduced “in the near future”.

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Tool of the week for journalists: Story Wheel, for easy audio slideshows

Tool of the week: Story Wheel

What is it? An easy audio slideshow tool using Instagram and SoundCloud

How is it of use to journalists? If you are a journalist who regularly uses Instagram to share photos, here is a tool that will allow you turn the images into a story.

Go to the Story Wheel site, connect your Instagram account, click the pictures you want to use and then record audio, hitting the space bar every time you want the picture to change to the next in your selection.

An audio slideshow takes just minutes to make and is a quicker option than using tools such as Soundslides.

Although you can’t embed the audio slideshow, it does offer journalists a great way of telling a story around their images and sharing via social media.

You can see examples of Instagram audio slideshows on the Story Wheel site.

According to the Story Wheel site, the tool come out of a hack day. It was built using the SoundCloud api for the audio part and is now part of SoundCloud Labs.

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Tool of the week for journalists – TimeKiwi, to create social media timelines

Tool of the week: TimeKiwi

What is it? A new tool to turn tweets, blog posts and Instagram photos into a timeline. Add a Twitter handle, a Tumblr, WordPress and Posterous blog and an Instagram account and TimeKiwi will mash them into a combined timeline.

How is it of use to journalists? For storytelling. The tool allows you to demonstrate how a story has progressed. The tool does not require you to authorise the app so you can add any Twitter handle to see how that person’s tweets have played out over time.

Take this example of a timeline of canon Dr Giles Fraser who resigned from his role as chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral last week over plans to forcibly evict Occupy protesters. Adding his @giles_fraser handle allows you to show his tweets as either a vertical or horizontal timeline.

The free version of TimeKiwi cannot be embedded so it is of limited use in telling a story on your site but you can still share links to created timelines. A “business” version is in the pipeline which promises an embed feature and custom views which could be of particular interest to journalists who can then show mapped out tweets and blog posts within a news story.

This TimeKiwi takes in the @journalismnews Twitter account and the WordPress blog.


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#Tip of the day from – ideas for news outlets on using Instagram

In this post on the 10,000 Words blog Ethan Klapper outlines four different ways news organisations could use photo sharing service Instagram, such as to display the work of its photographers or give a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the newsroom. Tipster: Rachel McAthy.

To submit a tip to, use this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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