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Instagram photo/story assignment

BACKGROUND: Journalists are experimenting with using social media app Instagram for  profile packages that include a single photo and a narrative.

The narratives focus on small moments in an individual’s life that are rich in detail and easy to read. Limit your Instagram narrative to 2,200 characters or about 350 words. The close-up photos that accompany the narratives are sharp and crisp and capture the person’s depth of character.

The following articles discuss and provide examples of shortform stories/photos.

Are Super-Long Instagram Captions the New Personal Blog?

How to Tell Powerful Narratives on Instagram

Here are some examples of work that students have done during previous semesters.


Here’s the Instagram Assignment:  Combine a high-quality photo with a 350-word Instagram entry. Click here for rubric.

Due: May 8 before 8 a.m. You will present your work to the class during May 8 class.

Use Instagram to present a brief, focused profile with a close-up photo of the person   who is the subject.

Goals: Develop your photography skills while shooting a closeup of the person; write an Instagram post that captures a tightly focused story from the life of the person.

Length: 350 words (this word count only includes the essay)

Value: 100 points

Write a 350 word essay about the person you have photographed and an interesting anecdote about that person. Do not break it into paragraphs. Do not include quotes or quote marks. Do not write in news style.

Open a separate Instagram account (don’t put it in your personal account).   Here are a few tutorials to get you started.

Create your post using your photo and essay. Include appropriate hashtags.

Embed or link your instagram account in one of your WordPress blogs.  Here is a tutorial to help you:




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