Cons of visual journalism

Most things around us have disadvantages and advantages. Different types of journalism are the same thing I have said, they have pros and cons. Today, I am going to talk about the Cons of Visual Journalism. They include:

1) Affects the way of thinking.

Everybody has that one person who is good to his or her eyes on TV and social media platforms. The person might be a celebrity and sometimes they do mistakes that they may notice later but the fan of the celebrity will think it is right to do what the celebrity did. This also goes to children and I think children are most affected by visual media because of their developing minds full of curiosity and other reasons. I think this is linked to the project on Refugees and Responsibility. The link is that we were talking about how the media can dehumanize refugees and change the audience's view of refugees and that is the same thing I am trying to explain.


Visual media include social media platforms that need internet connections to be reached. This may cost full to some people and that's why most people go with audio journalism. In Africa, most the people use audio journalism roughly 80% only of South Africa use Radios.

You can get more cons of Visual journalism and build on them on:

Which are other cons you can think of apart from the ones you found on the link?

Comments (8)

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    13 Jun 2022

    Why didn't my post get a star?

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      rational_grape's comment 14 Jun 2022

      We'd like to challenge you further! Can you respond to the question in the comments section to try to develop your thinking?

  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Alex @ KPMG
    14 Jun 2022

    @rational_grape thank you for your contribution those are two interesting points. Can you think of a different type of journalism that doesn't do either of these things? What are it's pros or cons?

  • British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    16 Jun 2022

    I totally disagree with you with the point that visual journalism is costly. It's true that it costs more than audio journalism, but don't you think that nowadays with the huge wave of media development, almost every home have a TV, phones, and a router which is indeed to connect to the world? So by that it's easy to access visual media. In addition, visual media includes reading newspapers which in most libraries are distributed for free, or one can read and borrow to the other. Moreover, it's cheap for everyone to create his/her own visual journalism by downloading the free apps from the phone's app store and edit the new they want.

  • St Michael's Middle School amusing_attitude | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    17 Jun 2022

    Great post rational_grape. On top of what the site has named I think that a definite disadvantage of visual journalism is the stereo typing that can easily happen. This is because when we see people on the screen we can be very quick to judge and even rate the importance of what they're saying.

    This gives certain people an instant setback to being on visual journalism and may easily give them a lot of grief. It also encourages the judgement of others and comparing that we are trying to combat in our society. We can compare ourselves easily with the people on the screens and this could be damaging for peoples confidence as we have seen in recent years.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      amusing_attitude's comment 17 Jun 2022

      That's an interesting point, amusing_attitude. Do you think that people could make stereotypes based on what they hear too? For example, what type of voice do you usually hear presenting the news? What might this make people think about people with this accent or other accents?

      1. St Michael's Middle School amusing_attitude | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 26 Jun 2022

        Yeah I guess that can effect it too, but I think that sound doesn't reveal as much about a person as vision does and therefore the problem isn't as much because with just sound you can maybe picture a person but not anything else really.
        An example is if you were to see a homeless person on visual journalism it would provoke a very different response for the person watching if they were to listening to the same homeless person on audio journalism I think because of the way our brain draws conclusions, and the more info we're given the more we categorize and rate the authenticity and value of what someone is saying.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Jun 2022

    .Disadvantages of visual press:
    Cut off real social relationships
    - It affects the student in studying and reduces focus and increases his tension because he spends it playing, which neglects and reduces his studies.
    It leads to addiction and a lack of communication with others in the real world, as it spends long hours on the phone, television or radio.
    - Because of the means of communication, the privacy of the individual is lost

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