Keywords

NGO, Instagram, artivism, graphic activism, social media, pictures, engagement, childhood

Abstract

Due to the increasing importance of acquiring technological tools in communication strategies, and while taking into account that non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) use Instagram as a potential artivist tool to disseminate their initiatives and needs, the present article aims to investigate the form and content of photographs published in the social website Instagram during 2017 by the 20 most relevant NGOs at the international level. Specifically, we study the choice of formal elements, such as the design and editing, the intended purpose and feeling of the message transmitted in the photographs, as well as the type of actor or actors of the images (including their role, number, gesture, sex and age). In addition, we study the use and the engagement generated by children’s images. Content analysis, non-parametric statistical analysis with Chi-square test and variance analysis (ANOVA) are used as methodologies. The results of the study show how prototypical images used by NGOs (young children enjoying the benefits of aid with positive appearance and gestures) present content and formats that do not correspond to the type of image that generates more engagement from the target audience.

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Received: 28-02-2018

Revised: 13-04-2018

Accepted: 03-05-2018

OnlineFirst: 15-07-2018

Publication date: 01-10-2018

Article revision time: 43 days | Average time revision issue 57: 38 days

Article acceptance time: 63 days | Average time of acceptance issue 57: 76 days

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Carrasco-Polaino, R., Villar-Cirujano, E., & Martín-Cárdaba, M. (2018). Artivism and NGO: Relationship between image and 'engagement' in Instagram. [Artivismo y ONG: Relación entre imagen y «engagement» en Instagram]. Comunicar, 57, 29-38. https://doi.org/10.3916/C57-2018-03

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