Topic: Can Anyone Re-create a Successful Photoblog Similar to Humans of New York?
The development of new technologies has changed the way individuals share their stories. Traditional ways of sharing stories by publishing memoirs or being interviewed are not common these days. One of the way individuals share their stories is by participating in photo blogs such as Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton which has changed the narrative of photojournalism. Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that employs images in order to tell a news story. These sites allow viewers to engage with the stories by liking, sharing and commenting. Often times viewers are able to engage with the story on a deeper level.
By exploring photojournalism within the blog Humans of New York, I will determine the best practices the blog uses to contribute to the success and recreate three different images that represent the blog. My definition of success in photojournalism is the amount of times a photo has been liked on Instagram and Twitter and how viewers engage with the image whether it is by commenting, sharing the image. A successfully received story online is one that makes viewers engage in the story. This image can be circulated through many different platforms such as Facebook, popular blog and can end up on the TV.
My goal is to track how the image is shared, how many likes it receives, how viewers engaged with it and if it was successful.
For this project, I will examine the blog Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton, a blog that shares stories which provides a new light on photojournalism and cultivates a new type of visual experience.
In this project, I will explain the following:
- What makes a story successful?
- Can anyone make a successful story?
- How do users engage on different platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Black Attire Aficionado.
Topics and Projected Timeline:
Week of the 15th
Explain what is photojournalism?
A.) History of photojournalism and the new technologies within the world of new media and the new platforms platforms.
B.) Write out the history and mission of Humans of New York.
C.) Explain its best practices and strategies that are successful
D.) Select a image from Humans of New York that “successfully” captures a story on loss
Week of the 22nd
Define what a Successful story is?
Week of the 29th
A.) Prospecting phase- find three individuals to share their story on loss to create the 3 Photos by three different individuals.
- Interview a prospect on the subject of loss and share a photo with a caption similar to Humans of New York which will we shared via:
- Facebook- The image will be tracked on Facebook, by recording how many likes it received, how many comments it received and whether it was remixed.
- Instagram– The image will be tracked on Instagram, by recording how many likes it received, how many comments it received and whether it was remixed.
- Twitter– The image will be tracked on Twitter by recording how many times it was viewed, how many retweets it received or how many times it was favorited.
- WordPress-The image will be tracked on Black Attire Aficionado by recording how many times it was viewed, how many times it was reblogged it received and how many times it was favorited.
Week of the 6th
A.) Explain the findings on what makes a image successful on being shared via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Black Attire Aficionado.
- Work on ePortfolio site
- Complete Reflection Draft
- Merge Progress Report 1, 2, and 3 together
- Write Abstract
- Write Presentation
- A Word Document on Humans of New York’s Best Practices
- A comparative analysis of Humans of New York and Jodieann’s version of Humans of New York.
- Three images created that mirrors Human of New York. The images will be located on Facebook, Instagram,Twitter, and Black Attire Aficionado
- A reflection of my success or failure with creating a image
- The end-results will be posted to Jodieann Stephenson’s e-portfolio site