Thursday, April 21, 2016


The nine points of ethical conduct developed by the NPPA all have a common goal: 

To conduct photojournalism with honor, integrity, accuracy, unbiased truthfulness, transparency, and respect to the subjects being photographed.

Item number three, to be complete and provide context, avoid stereotyping, and recognize and avoid one's own biases, stands out as a solid foundation for these codes. 

    1. Next, look at the list under "Ideally, photojournalists should ...” Again, pick the item that most stands out for you and EXPLAIN WHY you think it matters.

The use of the term "strive for" goes hand in hand with what photojournalists ideally should do and be in regards to their work. Item number seven highlights this by stating that "striving by example and influence to maintain the spirit and high standards set in the code of ethics", photojournalists can be counted on to present complete, unbiased and factual information.

  1. Write about an EXAMPLE that illustrates one of the principles you highlighted from the NPPA Code of Ethics.

If a photojournalist has strong opinions or belief systems how can the information or story being presented be trusted to be the accurate facts....?

For example, I have a very strong, adamant belief in a woman's right to a safe and legal abortion. If I were to write a story regarding this topic, it would require great effort on my part to present both sides of this legal (and some say moral) issue with no bias. I'm not saying it cannot be done. That is where the NPPA code of ethics would need to be utilized, and practiced.

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