How To: Find Images for your Posts

Dec 12, 2013

Where can I find images for my posts?
Ideally, you should be using original images taken by your station staff for your posts. However, as that it not always possible, you can use Creative Commons photos from the Internet for your posts as well.

Creative Commons is a free to use diverse image collection that you can use to find images to enhance your content, as long as you respect citation and licensing. A Creative Commons license notes  how  you  may  use  an  artist’s  work  on  your  website.  There  are  four  types  of  license:   Attribution (by), Noncommercial (nc), No Derivative Works (nd) and Share-alive (sa).

At NPR.org, we use images that are either one of their license-types:

  • Attribution (by) – meaning that you can use and edit image if you give the artist/photographer credit.
  • Noncommercial (nc) – meaning that you can use and edit the image for noncommercial purposes only.

We do not use No Derivative Works (nd) because Core Publisher automatically crops uploaded photos, which goes against that license. Never use Share-alike (sa) photos, because that license gives that artist permission to use any image on NPR.org, which would violate your sharing agreement with NPR.

You can find Creative Commons images online on various websites. However, CreativeCommons.org and Flickr are among the most reliable sources for useable images.
How do I find Creative Commons images on Flickr?

  1. Go to http://www.flickr.com.
  2. Enter the term that you are searching for in the Search box. 
  3. Click Search.
  4. Click Advanced Search.
  5. Check  the  Only  search  within  Creative Commons-licensed content  checkbox
  6. Click  Search.