The classification of online news galleries

Author: Carey Jewitt

Helen Caple gave a MODE seminar recently on The analysis classification of online news galleries. This builds on earlier work on image and text relations in online newspapers with colleague John Knox, and interestingly on her own journalistic practice. Helen talked through the design of her research, which included a survey of world newspapers that have a print paper and online multimedia presence- including picture gallery, video, pod casts. Picture galleries were the most common online multimedia activity and were then selected for more in depth study. She focused in on the classification system developed during the project to analyze online news galleries. This draws on multimodal methodologies from systemic functional grammar, notably system networks

Helen has used system networks as an analytical tool for mapping the range of semiotic resources and options made available by the visual and written modes in the context of online news galleries. She has gone on to use these to map and compare how semiotic resources have been used in different newspapers. In this way system networks provide a way to push the formal analysis of modes and semiotic resources to a logical limit in these texts. The image here shows a system network for the classification of online news galleries. This work could equally be applied to think about other online texts.

Helen is a Lecturer in Media, Journalism and Communications with the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW. Her current research interests include text-image relations, visual storytelling and the role of picture galleries in online news reporting.

Further readings:

(2012) with J. Knox, ‘Online news galleries, photojournalism and the photo essay’. Visual Communication, 11(2): 1-30.

(2013), Photojournalism: A Social Semiotic Approach. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

For more information on Helen’s work go to:



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