Professional journalists are now not the only journalists that are gracing the screens of our phones, televisions and newspapers/magazines. Normal, everyday people that don’t have a degree in journalism are telling their own stories or their own versions of world events through social media platforms – one of these being Instagram.
Instagram is a platform for showing people the world you live in and how you live your life. For others, it is their job. Bloggers are becoming a very huge part of journalism with audiences of over 200 thousand followers viewing their content. The most interesting thing is, it started out as a hobby and they either don’t have a degree in journalism or they’re studying something else that is completely different to their work.
Margaret Zhang is a Commerce/Law student at the University of Sydney and due to starting her blog ‘Shine By Three’, Zhang is able to add being a writer, stylist and photographer to her resume. Through being able to upload previews of her content onto her Instagram, Zhang has found herself with a following count of 418 thousand (2/05/15). In this image to the left, Margaret posts her styling work for Elle, a popular Australian magazine.
Zhang has been able to travel the world and capture the fashion world through images and blog posts and engaging with her audience through Instagram even though journalism is not her credited field. In saying this, all work shows to be professional and Zhang proves to portray your own stories and work you don’t particularly need a degree to do so.
Zhang’s work is just one of the many examples of citizen journalism taking place on Instagram and I think it’s a great way to be able to express ones creative self to the world.
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