Ethics in Photojournalism. What is Photojournalism? the profession in which journalists make news-editorial images for print and screen (television and

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  • Ethics in Photojournalism
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  • What is Photojournalism? the profession in which journalists make news-editorial images for print and screen (television and computer) media Photojournalists job is to: Record what is happening with truthful, honest, and clear photos Move the world to action Bring out emotions of their audience
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  • Why does ethics come into play? Because photojournalism is so competitive, they must try to top each other every time. They must try to take the photo that will evoke the most emotion and generate the most conversation. This can sometimes lead to images being edited/distorted to change the content in hopes of having the best photo
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  • Ethics in Photojournalism
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  • 4different types of ethical concerns in Photojournalism Victims of Violence Picture Manipulation Stereotyping Advertising/editorial blurring
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  • Victims of Violence When do they need to step in and help? They must decide which is better: long- term help vs. short- term help It is part of their job to capture violence and expose it, but at what point do they cross an ethical line?
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  • Is this Ethical?
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  • How about now?
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  • What about now?
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  • Right to Privacy Laws protect people from over exposure of the media, however the lines are blurry At what point is trying to get a photo of a family whose son has recently been kidnapped going too far? Those lines are also very different for ordinary people and celebrities What is exploiting a family/person in distress and what is trying to get their face out there for the public to see?
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  • Is this ethical?
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  • What about this?
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  • Picture Manipulation With the switch to digital photography and computer technology has allowed for the rapid increase of picture manipulation in photojournalism It has become common practice to edit, enhance, and combine photos to make the best picture possible If photos are manipulated in any way there must be a note in the article or the photo information, however most people dont read these and take the picture as real.
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  • Is this ethical?
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  • What subtle difference do you see? What kind of problems might this cause? Iranian Revolutionary Guard Missile Launch Manipulated PhotoOriginal
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  • Stereotype It is easier and quicker for a photojournalist to take a photo of an angry African American in the middle of a riot in a large city than it is search for a photo that shows the underlying social issue causing the riot.
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  • How do these reinforce stereotypes?
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  • Advertising/editorial Blurring In a world full of advertising images, editors and advertising companies are always trying to push the envelope to gain attention. These companies have started using pictures taken for news stories and using them to sell products They do this in hopes of using the photojournalism credibility to convince you and sell their product.
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  • Is this ethical?
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  • Is this Ethical?
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  • Now its your turn Is this ethical? This photo sparked a lot of talk. Using the terms we talked about today, why might it have been unethical to publish this?
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  • Now its your turn Is this ethical? This photo sparked a lot of talk. Using the terms we talked about today, why might it have been unethical to publish this?
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  • Now its your turn Is this ethical? This photo sparked a lot of talk. Using the terms we talked about today, why might it have been unethical to publish this?
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  • Now its your turn Is this ethical? Using the terms we talked about today, why might it have been unethical to publish this?