Thanks to Katie Hawkins-Gaar of the Poynter Institute for calling attention to an historical event – at least for those of us who follow great moments in Citizen Journalism. Yesterday’s front page of The New York times featured no less than 9 Instagram photos – images sent to The Times in response to the paper’s request that readers share their pix of this week’s snowstorm.
Hawkins-Gaar thinks it’s the first time that user-generated photos have made it directly from the creators to the front page of The Times’ print edition. (A previous Instagram pic that appeared on the front page had been licensed through an agency.)
Still in all, a very interesting development. We hope Ms. Hawkins-Gaar will follow up on the story and also get some comments from The Times.