Snapchat now being used as a journalism tool

  • Snigdha Banerjee, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2016 12:17 IST
The app, which allows to post videos without editing, also speeds up the process of news dissemination. (Snapchat)

You might have sent funny ‘snaps’ to your friends using Snapchat’s built-in emojis and face mapping filters but the app is adding a more serious use case to itself with features like location tagging, date and time and captions.

And that use case is journalism. Snapchat can be used to create photo and video stories which engage the user in a unique way. In photo stories, you can capture your story with the caption, location and time. Similarly, video stories can captured for a maximum of 10 seconds, where you may speed up or slow down your video.

The app, which allows to post videos without editing, also speeds up the process of news dissemination. Here are ten news organisations that have been using the app to tell stories differently:

There are top 10 news organisation that you should follow:

Al Jazeera English

Username on Snapchat : ajenews

An international state-funded english news organisation is using snapchat to connect its journalist with the audience. They mostly upload the highlights and the

backstage scenes of an event with adding extra details.

ABC News

Username on Snapchat : abcpolitics

ABC News Politics covers every political event. The cherry on the top is, they capture everything which will not be the there in any newspaper or news channel.

Huffington Post

Username on Snapchat : huffpost

The politically liberal American online news aggregator uploads everything about an event. Their story is full of events and after parties.


Username on Snapchat : npr

NPR ( National Public Radio) is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization uses Snapchat to capture every possible tangent of events.

Now This News

Username on Snapchat : nowthisnews

Founded by Huffington Post co-founder Now This News, stories are filled with their “hot takes” and behind the scenes.

The New York Times

Username on Snapchat : nytimes

American daily, snapchat stories are filled with full of wittiness and sarcasm making it fun to watch. They mostly use photographs with text for making their story interesting.

Tech Insider

Username on Snapchat : techinsider

Tech Insider is a digital publication snapstories focuses on tech, science, innovation, and culture.

The Verge

Username on Snapchat : verge

American politically progressive technology news organisation makes their snapchat story interesting by telling about gadgets, mobiles, actually everything regarding technology.


Username on Snapchat : vicemag

Print magazine and website focused on arts, culture, and news topics whereas their stories are filled with full of fun insides of an event.

Washington Post

Username on Snapchat : washingtonpost

From event insides to instant news, you have it all in the Snapchat stories of this American daily.

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