Ethics

Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites – The New York Times

The headlines are eye-catching. Melania Trump is leaving the White House! Home renovation cable star Joanna Gaines has abandoned her HGTV show and husband Chip Gaines! Televangelist Joel Osteen is leaving his wife!

Photojournalism Ethics and Computational Photography – PhotoShelter Blog

Computational photography challenges our traditional conception of photography as a single exposure of light intensity captured by a photosensitive medium. As a thought experiment, consider a digital camera sensor where each pixel is capable of a different exposure, such that you’d never over or underexpose parts of the image. Is this single exposure “HDR” unethical?

Pakistan’s UN Envoy Criticizes India, but Uses Gaza News Photo to Do It | PDNPulse

When Pakistan’s envoy to the UN accused India of attacking civilians in the disputed region of Kashmir, she waved a photo she claimed showed the bruised face of Kashmiri girl who had been struck by fire from a pellet gun used by the Indian army. There was one problem: The photo was taken in Gaza, not Kashmir.  Photojournalist Heidi Levine took the photo in 2014. It shows a Palestinian girl, Rawya Abu Joma’a, then 17, who had been injured in an Israeli airstrike.

Getty Images Bans Photos Containing Photoshopped Weight

France’s new law, which was passed in December 2015, takes effect for commercial digital photos starting on October 1st, 2017. From that date forward, photos with digitally manipulated models will need to be marked as “photographie retouchée,” which translates to “retouched photograph.”

Poynter workshops produce new drone journalism ethics policy | Poynter

In addition to exam prep and hands-on drone flight training, our partners and I vowed to produce a “code of drone journalism ethics” that would take into account journalism and photojournalism ethics policies but add the legal considerations for flying in government-controlled airspace and safety concerns that come with remote controlled flight.  

The iPhone X and Digital Lighting Will Change Photography Yet Again

There’s a feature tucked away in the new iPhones that doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of traction, but it represents a massive sea change in photography. It’s the “Portrait Lighting” mode, and it’s the second shot across the bows of traditional photography from the world of computational photography.

Seeking ethics in visual tech – Kaptur

If we want A.I. to be truly intelligent and useful, we should require, as a prerequisite, that it follows the same ethical rules that have guided humanity. Otherwise, it will destroy what has been at the core foundation of human progress. And because image recognition is one of the most visible cases of A.I. implementation, it should lead the way by example.

Dirty, big secrets: Why won’t CNN and Fox account for their mistakes? | Poynter

If the rapid response to the Blair scandal is a gold standard of what news organizations should do when something goes awry, the silence by Fox News and CNN over what went wrong inside their organizations when they retracted politically sensitive stories in May and June is a major failure and corrosive to the industry’s credibility.

Fake War Photographer Gets Exposed After Fooling the World

Right now, a conflict photographer named Eduardo Martins is supposedly driving around in a van somewhere in the Australian outback. And you probably won’t see any new work from him anytime soon: he’s in hiding after pulling off one of the craziest cons in the history of photojournalism.

Woman Stripped of Prizes After Using Public Domain Photos to Win Contests

A Swiss photographer has been stripped of two awards after it was revealed that she had submitted a Thai photographer’s public domain photos as her own to win the contests and earn $3,100.

Is This Eclipse Image #FakeNews? – PhotoShelter Blog

The Denver Post’s Senior Editor for Photography and Multimedia Ken D. Lyons said, “I was seeing an image glorified and applauded by people that I greatly respect. It was being called the greatest image of the day.” Lyons explained that even some professional photographers – arguably some of the most visually sophisticated people – were being fooled into believing this was a real scene, and they hadn’t captured it. Lyons said, “The advice I provided was they simply can’t compete with a manufactured work of art, which is what I feel it is.”

Lessons from the Nat Geo eclipse photo dustup – Poynter

Every news organization can take a lesson from this dustup. Ask: Are we doing enough to explain how we do our work? It is a good time to think over the ways we skirt full disclosure, the way local TV uses “as-live” videos to trick viewers into thinking a reporter is live on the air when they aren’t.  There are plenty of people who accuse dutiful journalists of producing “fake news.” We shouldn’t do anything that gives oxygen to those incendiary accusations.

Eclipse Composite Photo is Beautiful, But Not Real | NPPA

Ken Geiger’s image of Grand Teton and the eclipse is beautiful.

Is it art? A composite? Photoshop? Multiple exposures, shot with different lenses in different directions at different times of day on two different frames? An impossible scene? I suppose “illustration” is the best description. Whatever it is, it’s gorgeous, but it’s certainly not photojournalism. It’s not reality, but the artist defines it as art and intends it to transcend reality. 

Ethical Photography: Where Do We Go From Here? – Luminous Landscape

We’re seeing a lot of commentaries triggered by the Souvid Datta episode, where he is accused of both photographing unethically, and of passing off collaged and plagiarized material as his own. This has led to a great deal of hand-wringing and upset, with many people making observations about the state of the photojournalism industry, about the awards-driven nature of certain areas of documentary photography, and so on. What nobody seems to be doing is proposing solutions.

A Formerly Homeless Photographer on How to (and Not to) Photograph Homeless People | PDN Online

Photographer Robert Shults, who was homeless and living on the streets for several months in 2001, explains the ethical challenges of photographing homeless people, and points out good and bad examples of photo projects about them.

Where Is the Line? Deadly Protest Forces Media to Decide – The New York Times

It took the death of a young woman at the hands of one of the neo-Nazis she was protesting to force the ever-expanding media universe to face a question it has been evading for years: Where’s the line?

The Poynter Institute Code of Ethics – Poynter

These guidelines describe the values, standards and practices we pursue in our journalism, our teaching and our fundraising to support our mission. It is a living document that we expect will mature and evolve with our work. It is broken into three sections: core values, business practices and privacy.

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