A Black Star eBook — Photojournalism, Technology and Ethics: What’s Right and Wrong Today?

Cover from Black Star’s new e-book
There’s an old saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. When threatened or under fire, people inevitably cling to something certain to guide them through uncertain times. In life and death situations, this something is often a Bible.


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?

Table of contents from the e-book
Photojournalism, Technology and Ethics: What’s Right and Wrong Today? examines these questions through the prism of photojournalism’s past, present and future.

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