Get the whole picture: How photos are improving journalism

Despite the current cease fire, troops in eastern Ukraine is suffering in frozen temperatures.

Time recently posted an article online giving a look inside trenches of Ukraine, and a sense of the daily terrible conditions endured by the troops.

Looking at this article, the use of photos adds to the story telling in the article. A large focus of the article is on the effects of the bitter winter on the troops and the town of Ukraine. This is an ideal story for adding photos because it shows the reader what is happen while describing the effects next to the images.

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The article works well with the photos taken, however more online publications appear to be leaning more towards inserting images into the written article to break up the story. The article inserts all the images at the top in a slide show, but by putting the photos into the article I think the piece could have been broken up a bit more.

The article also included a video linked to the Instagram of the photographer, Ross McDonnell.

Despite the assumption that social media sites like Facebook and Instagram aren’t good for hard- news journalism, this example breaks that stereotype. Creditable photographers and journalists are using social media as a way to promote both their work by the truth and the news through outlets that people are more prone to accessing. It gets the story across in a way that is engaging and interesting.

That is journalism at its finest.


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