Ethics Under Fire
Today, the profession of photojournalism as we know it is threatened by technological transformation, by the rise of video, by fragmentation of the media. It’s under fire from a suspicious public – watchdog bloggers, cable and radio pundits, and other critics who question the profession’s credibility and authority to bring us an accurate picture of the world.
For photojournalists, it would be a great time to have a Bible – in the form of a uniform, enforceable code of ethics — handy. Unfortunately, photojournalists have no such thing. There is no established set of rules to see news photographers through this storm.
Facing the Future
What implications do today’s technological upheaval, rapidly changing media landscape, and other changes have for the future of photojournalism as a credible source of visual information? What actions can photographers, editors and publishers take to ensure photojournalism’s authority with audiences, now and in the years ahead?