Social media journalism – using images and text – is a process that requires human effort in developing insightful content for social media users. The instructional goal of this analysis is to enhance social media activities in efforts that appreciate self-expression in a digitized manner. By ensuring that images taken are relevant among users, social media journalism should ensure that insightful content is captioned alongside support images or pictures.
Pictures are an important part of human life as they play the role of archiving memories, which are stored electronically. In social discussions, people argue that a picture can communicate a thousand words, and this has proven relevantly valid in modern communities. Most people have found hobbies and interests in electronic images with reference to the growth and development of Instant Messaging (IM) in social media platforms. The integration of pictures/photos/images into journalism includes a coordinated process whereby individual opinions are communicated using images that are captioned with textual information. This discussion presents an instruction of the above process, which targets teenagers of high school level to transform the use of social media from a hobby to a serious information tool of educating the public.
The overall goal of this instruction is to transform social media mindset from hobbies that do not generate the human value of communication. Since the inception of social media technology in the last decade, its growth has attained peak levels, which have made respective manufacturers global giants of technology. For instance, Facebook Inc. boasts of several social media platforms such as WhatsApp, which is encouraging the taking of photos among users (Poell & Borra, 2012). Similarly, Instagram has promoted this practice, which is now being used for advertisement practices among profit-making institutions. Essentially, the greatest benefit of online photos is the cost optimization effect of technology in businesses. However, online journalism, which capitalizes on images in telling real human stories would be another area that could elevate communication in online communities.
Social media activities are growing with respect to the development of technology in devices and mobile applications. For instance, smartphone devices are improving their capacity of taking clear images which are characterized by a huge number of megapixels. There is a need to transform modern images and pictures on social media platforms into an activity that promotes self-expression among people (Poell & Borra, 2012). In modern times, people take pictures to share memories with family and friends as well as improve on self-esteem among most social media users. This is a growing trend that is motivating the growth of devices as smartphone manufacturers compete on delivering a device with a high capacity and storage to take photos.
Journalism, in social media platforms, would be an important practice for communicating one’s feelings alongside relevant images. For instance, this can be achieved by providing a descriptive text of children playing together to illustrate the insignificance of social discrimination. In such a context, the information being communicated to the audience of social media platforms is that social discrimination is a vice that depends on the moral disciplines one acquires while growing up (Diakopoulos, De Choudhury, & Naaman, 2012). This act of journalism is a practice that would enhance human relationships and interaction if the right moral virtues are captured in the image or textual information. Social media journalism, in this perspective, should ensure that images used are relevant to a particular topic.
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