Considering ethics in visual storytelling: A study of nonprofit organisations on Instagram

M Messner, J Guidry
2015 unpublished
This study analysed the social media engagement of nonprofit organisations in the health sector on the mobile photo sharing app Instagram as well as their ethical guidelines and considerations. The Instagram accounts of leading nonprofit organisations in the U.S. health sector were examined through a content analysis over a three-month period in the spring of 2014. In addition, social media managers at the health nonprofit organisations were interviewed on ethical challenges caused by Instagram
more » ... as well as social media policies that guide their organisations' social media engagements. Results show that the Instagram engagement of many of the organisations is still in an experimental stage, despite the increasing popularity of the platform. In addition, hardly any of the social media policies and guidelines directly address the engagement on Instagram.