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News organisations are increasingly adding user generated content into their articles. Earlier this year, The New York Times reinforced the importance of public contributions by featuring nine Instagram photos of a snowstorm on the front page of its print edition.

And it's important to make sure crowdsourced images are accurate before including them in your reporting.

At first glance, Instagram doesn't have a function that directly displays the exact time and date a picture was posted, but this information can be found in the embed code, as Wall Street Journal's Sarah Marshall explains in this post.

She notes it's also important to remember that although this provides useful insight, the date, time and location of an uploaded picture may not coincide with when and where the picture was actually taken.

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