It’s a hard sell to get anyone to read an article online if that article doesn’t have an image. Most audiences find posts through social or search, both of which have a visual element. Articles without images show up as boring texts blocks that few will see and even fewer will click through.
But what do you do if you don’t have an image? Luckily, there are a variety of image hosting sites with generous licenses that journalists can sort through. No image, no problem.
Hare: Hi, Ren! I’m glad we’re taking a break from our other stories to talk tools. I’m currently working on a longer piece, and this could count as procrastination, but let’s not.
LaForme: I hear that. Let’s talk about a step that follows procrastination and that writing that’ll eventually come. At some point, you’re going to get your story ready to post and do that thing where you suddenly realize you have no image, or any ideas for an image, to accompany the story. What do you do?
Hare: So interestingly, I usually try to find my image or images before I start writing (assuming I don’t have them already), and that slows me down even more.
LaForme: Ohh, that is interesting! Looking for an image is a near-final step for me. Not to make you feel like a total weirdo, but I suspect that most people think about it somewhat later in the publishing process, if they do at all.
I think we can both
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/news/these-tools-will-help-you-find-right-images-your-stories