The next two weeks are all about visuals. In this first one, we’ll tackle photos. Some of you have been incorporating visuals into your work from the start while others have yet to do so. Regardless of your use of visuals so far, how might your blogs tell a story that is more visual than textual? Yes, photos are ONE possibility, but what are others? Skim around this list and identify some options you might be able to apply to making your blogging more visual.
- First, a must-read: How to use photos LEGALLY on your blog. There’s a great graphic “Can I Use That Picture?” guide at this post from The Visual Guy.
- Rather than guess about whether to use an image, consider using (and joining) Creative Commons, which lets you contribute and use a variety of works on the creators’ terms.
- Photoblogs: Some blogs focus specifically on image sharing. Sites like Cake Wrecks hit big a few years back, but there are more serious efforts like the Boston Globe’s The Big Picture. There’s a whole bunch more to skim (150+) at this list.
- The big one, of course, is Instagram. Maybe you’re a newbie, maybe you’ve got a finsta (yeah, we know about those), and maybe you’ve successfully monetized your account. Like any app, there’s potential for journalistic application here, but if you’re using it on the job, make sure you’re holding yourself to the right standard of truth (see also: “You Did Not Sleep There“).
- Snapchat – hallowed home of oversized eyes and puppy dog tongues – also has a journalistic angle. The company recently launched a partnership to let journalists find and share breaking news, and the app’s twice-daily news show Stay Tuned is expanding to Instagram.
- Yes, GIFs – the New York Times has been trying to explain these for a while (for the record, I say “giff,” and you’re not going to budge me on that).
- There’s journalism here too! Argentinean journalists, for example, used them in their fact checks. As always, there’s a right place and a wrong place for anything.
- Young Journalist Problems (just because you need this)
- Want to make one? Sure you do! Here’s a guide.
Your responses are due by 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 19 (I’ve extended this to account for your group blog assignment being due this weekend) as a comment to this post.