Social media and photography: a symbiosis

Lindsey Cook, a junior journalism and computer major at the University of Georgia and multimedia editor at the Red & Black newspaper, predicts that “the relationship between social media and photography will grow even stronger” in the coming year. The prediction is one of the ten trends she says online journalism will be embracing in 2013. Cook writes:

Using social media to bring traffic to your website — whether it’s a newspaper, blog or small business — isn’t new. In 2012, social media experts preached a photo-centric strategy on Facebook. The rise of Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest in recent years further strengthened the relationship between social media and photography. Alexis Mainland, social media editor at The New York Times spoke with Photo Shelter Blog in April about the relationship, saying “The cliche that a picture is worth 1,000 words rings especially true on social media sites.”

(Incidentally, Walter J. Ong also used the saying a picture is worth a thousand words in his book Orality and Literacy, writing that it is just a saying: “Because a picture is worth a thousand words only under special conditions — which commonly include a context of words in which the picture is set. “)

Anyway, you can visit Cook’s blog, Digitize me, Captain, to read the rest of her predictions on the future of online journalism.

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