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Instagrammers discover front-page NYT placement by chance

New York Times front page on Wednesday, January 28. (Photo by Katie Hawkins-Gaar)

New York Times front page on Wednesday, January 28. (Photo by Katie Hawkins-Gaar)

It was an exciting moment for user-generated content. The New York Times featured nine Instagram photos on the front page of its Wednesday edition.

As far as I can tell, it was the first time audience-submitted Instagram photos landed on the front page of the printed edition. Poynter reached out to The New York Times for comment, but did not receive a response by time of publication.

This wasn’t the first occasion that the Times featured an Instagram shot on its front page. In March 2013, the paper published an Instagram portrait of Alex Rodriguez. Sports portraitist Nick Laham shot the photo, which was licensed by Getty.

Overall, I was thrilled to see the placement. Prior to joining Poynter, I was the editor of CNN iReport, the network’s citizen journalism platform. Throughout my tenure, I often made the case that user-generated content could stand alongside professional reporting – given the necessary context and verification, of course. Read more

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