Pinterest for Journalism

By November 3, 2013Featured, Tools

Ah, Pinterest. The grand bastion of travel photos, crafts and crock-pot recipes. (Personally, I love this one) But that’s not all there is to Pinterest. This slow-social network has a number of features that make Pinterest the ideal platform for introducing your content to audiences and for giving your content a second life.


Give your content a long tail

Twitter and Facebook are both networks that thrive on immediate interaction with the audience. Most users aren’t searching for old Facebook posts or tweets. That content has to be recycled using services like Tagboard or Storify. But Pinterest is a network that users happily spend time on and search around.


According to Piquora, pins get roughly 70% of the click-throughs in the first two days. But clicks keep coming across up 30 days out and beyond.

More than 5 million articles are shared on Pinterest every day.


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The key difference is that while Pinterest is a social network, it’s also an ideas-and-inspiration website, whereas Twitter and Facebook are social networks with a massive emphasis on immediacy. When people visit Pinterest, they browse, they search, they surf, and they uncover more pins.

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The Boston Globe does a great job of using boards to showcase the variety of their coverage.

The Boston Globe does a great job of using boards to showcase the variety of their coverage.


Displaying your content

Pinterest-phone-articlePinterest allows for a fairly sophisticated display of articles with a photo, byline, description and of course the link back to your site.


Create a boardYou can create boards to organize your content into topics, beats or events. Make sure to utilize the full descriptions available when creating boards and on each pin. This ensures that people can find your content.


With more than 10 million people signed up on Pinterest, the platform gives journalists and newsrooms to opportunity to reach people outside the normal news-seeking audience. It’s also an opportunity to show that news isn’t just the grim “if it bleeds, it leads” type of product that people sometimes associate it with. The context of placing news within the Pinterest environment, means accessing your audience while they are relaxed and open to content such as long form and features.



Embedding it on your site

You can get more use from Pinterest than just making a board on the Pinterest site. You can also embed pins, profiles and boards on your own site using the Pinterest Widget Builder.




So, What’s a Good Topic for Pinning?

There are tons of ways to use Pinterest. The dominant topics on the platform include crafting, food and decorating but lifestyle topics aren’t the only thing you can focus on.


Here are a few ideas for boards you can make:

[two_col_50_50_col1] A beat like science and technology, sports, or education
Local dining and food carts
Local authors or books based in or on your location
Local art and artists
Archival content, especially old photos taken by your org.

[/two_col_50_50_col1] [two_col_50_50_col2] A round-up of sights and attractions for tourists
Local holiday celebrations
Event coverage like major weather events, big community events, etc.
A board of your cover or front page



What others are doing

Here are some examples of how some organizations are using Pinterest.

[three_col_col1] New Yorker “News Desk”

Outside Magazine “Articles Worth Reading”

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ProPublica Boards

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The Guardian



While Pinterest hasn’t yet invested in news to the degree that Facebook and Twitter has by creating departments dedicated to working with news organizations, the company has published a guide to how best use Pinterest for news. Tips for Journalists & Media Sites on Pinterest


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