Instagram is a popular source for scene-of-crime photos. But Instagram’s in-app search alone makes it difficult to quickly find what journalists are looking for. The ProPublica app for journalists cuts straight to the chase by categorizing pictures by place and time instead of using hashtags and usernames.
This open-source tool exclusively for journalists provides advanced search options on Instagram by location, start and end date, address and the vicinity around it. This app has already helped to attain a photo from the Boston Marathon bombing incident.
ProPublica is a non-profit news organization that prioritizes investigative journalism. This tool was created by ProPublica’s news app developer Al Shaw. The company created a helpful resource to reduce wasted time scavenging through social media when trying to break a news story.