This year brought a wide range of news events and NPR's Instagram audience responded. With a mix of still images and videos, we gained about 350,000 new followers and surpassed our engagement goals in 2017.
Our Instagram philosophy is to share a mix of NPR stories from a variety of topics each day. Breaking news and politics led the top 10 posts of the year but our audience also gravitated to features including baby boxes, a favorite dish from Iran and a lesson on Native American treaties.
The top overall post was from early 2017, showing the Women's March on Washington following President Trump's inauguration ceremony. The rest of the top 10 are seen in chronological order, highlighting different news events throughout the year.
Outside the White House, in Boston's Copley Square and at Battery Park in New York City, immigrant advocacy groups have organized protests to register their discontent with the executive order Trump signed Friday.⠀ ⠀ That order bars all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, as well as citizens of seven largely Muslim countries for 90 days. The freeze also applies to green card holders, who are legal U.S. residents; they will need a case-by-case waiver to enter the country, which officials say will be granted so long as there is no evidence of the person presenting "a serious threat to public safety and welfare."⠀ ⠀ "Protecting this nation and our people is the No. 1 priority of this president and our government," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Sunday, arguing that the immigration ban is the best way to do that.⠀ ⠀ Groups of protesters across the country disagree with that assessment — so much so that they make their objections readily evident with signs and chants, rallies and marches in at least a half-dozen different cities.⠀ ⠀ What began as a rally outside the White House in Washington, D.C., eventually transformed into a march toward the Capitol. (Credit: @briagranville | Bria Granville/NPR)
Thousands of people marched Sunday in support of LGBTQ rights and other progressive causes, including on National Mall in Washington D.C. The march began not far from the White House, where supporters gathered with brightly colored signs and rainbow flags. As the group got closer to the National Mall, they were joined by a coalition of gay choirs who led the marchers in songs. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, straight, white, black, Latinx Americans and people from around the country — and some from around the world — attended the march to highlight issues from the LGBTQ community. In addition, many of the marchers carried signs with the names of the victims from the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, which happened on June 12th last year. Above: Scenes from the march in Washington, D.C. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @liamjamesphoto | Liam James Doyle/NPR)