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The pull and power of pictures July 30, 2008

Posted by acfj in Uncategorized.
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Photos are an essential ingredient in journalism, and in most cases, they do pull in the readers.

Take the case of the The Boston Globe‘s photoblog called The Big Picture. As this article in the American Journalism Review points out, neither blogs nor photos are new in the online world. But what makes this particular photoblog so popular is the fact that it has created a brand of its own as far as photos are concerned.

The photoblog is only two months old, but it has pulled in some four million viewers, the AJR reports.

In The Big Picture, says AJR, the photos are “giant, dramatic, vivid images that take up the entire computer screen.”

Each picture in the blog represents a specific topic or event, and clicking on will lead you not only to a set of photos on that topic or event, but also on a long list of comments. Really, could you end up spending a lot of time just looking at the pictures and reading the captions plus people’s reactions.

Below are two examples from The Big Picture.

there are 350,000 kilometers - roughly 2.5 Jupiters - between Io and Jupiter's clouds. Io is about the size of our own moon (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

Jupiter's moon Io floats above the cloudtops of Jupiter in this image captured January 1, 2001. The image is deceiving: there are 350,000 kilometers - roughly 2.5 Jupiters - between Io and Jupiter's clouds. Io is about the size of our own moon (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

04 p.m. The Globe Gazette and Mitchell County Press News reported that Lori Mehmen of Orchard, took the photo from outside her front door. Mehmen said the funnel cloud came near the ground and then went back up into the clouds. Besides tree and crop damage, no human injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Lori Mehmen)

A huge tornado funnel cloud touches down in Orchard, Iowa, Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 9:04 p.m. The Globe Gazette and Mitchell County Press News reported that Lori Mehmen of Orchard, took the photo from outside her front door. Mehmen said the funnel cloud came near the ground and then went back up into the clouds. Besides tree and crop damage, no human injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Lori Mehmen)

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