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Instagrammer: ‘I am very happy my photo was selected’

Thursday’s post about The New York Times’ audience-submitted Instagram front page created quite a debate among journalists about the rules and ethics of user-generated content.

Many of the answers to those questions – how copyright works when a user tags a photo on Instagram, for example – are unclear and deserve future examination.

Right now, though, I want to share an update on the experience of an Instagram user whose photo was one of nine featured on the Times’ front page. Jeca Taudte, who was quoted in yesterday’s story, added additional thoughts in the comments:

As someone quoted in this story, I want to set the record straight: I uploaded my Instagram photo to the NYT website fully aware of their terms, which I could access on the upload page.

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Instagrammers discover front-page NYT placement by chance

Follow-up story: Instagrammer: ‘I am very happy my photo was selected’

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. Read more

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Here’s an Instagram account with images of newspapers

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In December, The New York Times Company launched an Instagram account, @MyNYTimes, which features images of the company’s many printed products. According to a press release:

The New York Times has launched #MyNYTimes on Instagram, a campaign created to celebrate The Times in print by creating, collecting and sharing beautiful and compelling imagery of The New York Times and International New York Times newspapers, The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine and other Times books and print publications.

The account has 1,234 followers so far. The curated images include those promoting content from the Times, as well as user images of their own newspapers, usually with fancy coffee but fruit and dogs also make cameos. Here are a few, which all evoke a slow Sunday kind of vibe:

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Ben Bradlee is receiving hospice care

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ESPN asks dudes to address domestic violence: A two-hour pregame show preceding Monday Night Football will feature, among other things, a panel discussion featuring 11 men, Ben Collins reports. “When the show has updates from the field—brief reports about injuries and the upcoming game—they’ll cut to female sideline reporters, Lisa Salters and, on some weeks, Suzy Kolber. ¶ These people are not allowed at the table.” (Esquire) | UPDATE, 12:39 P.M.: ESPN says no such panel is planned. (Deadspin)
  2. Ben Bradlee is getting hospice care: The former Washington Post editor has dementia, his wife, Sally Quinn, said in a C-SPAN interview broadcast Sunday. (Politico) | “[O]ver time, his condition became more difficult to manage.” (WP)
  3. Reporting is dangerous: Indian journalist Rajdeep Sardesai was harassed outside Madison Square Garden Sunday, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke.
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Rupert Murdoch is not giving up, the BBC cuts hundreds of jobs

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Teenagers don’t use social media to share links, says Microsoft researcher

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In a conversation with Evie Nagy, Microsoft Research Principal Researcher danah boyd talks about how teens use social media. It’s not the same way grown-ups do:

My adult Twitter experience is more of people using it for professional communication or news sharing or brand building or comedy. How do teens use Twitter differently, and what do adults need to understand most?

The first thing you would notice if you were following teenagers is that you would not see very many links. Which is radically different than our world. They’re doing a lot of interacting and engaging around celebrities, pop culture, really funny trending topics that they think are interesting, I’m sure you’ve seen some of the crazy hashtags. And of course with Instagram, hashtags have become even stronger on Twitter.

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Photographers stage cross-country Instagram battle

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While hanging together in New York, photographers Eric Thayer and Joshua Lott “started photographing in the same places with their smartphones and posting images on Instagram,” James Estrin writes. “That same day, a friend of theirs, Pierce Wright at Getty Images, suggested they turn it into a face-off.”

Here are their battle shots from a Chicago Fire game, posted Aug. 7:

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The New York Times looks for wedding-themed Instagram photos

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Your wedding may never make The New York Times, but your Instagrams might! “Starting this summer, the Vows section will publish Wedding Album, an occasional series of your wedding-themed Instagram photos,” an announcement published this weekend says. “Please avoid generic images, like a posed shot of the couple or a table setting.”

Every month, the Times will gather photos with a theme. This month’s is “How wedding rituals are evolving” — though “any poignant photos — even ones that do not fit a theme — are welcome.”


Instagram photo of Poynter.org Managing Editor Mallary Tenore’s mother’s wedding dress.

Related: How the New York Times’ ‘Perfect Wedding Announcement’ came together Read more

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White House photographer Pete Souza joins Instagram

White House photographer Pete Souza joined Instagram Wednesday, kicking off his feed with — what else — a food pic. Of course, the food he depicts is available on Air Force One, which some of you may find more interesting than your lunchtime burrito.

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Instagram announces Web embeds

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Instagram unveiled a sharing feature Wednesday that allows easy embedding of users’ photos, as long as their photos are public. For instance, here’s one of Washington, D.C., artist Mingering Mike accepting an award from the D.C. Council wearing a Spider-Man outfit:

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