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Confluence of ethics matters

January 25th, 2014 | Uncategorized | No comments

Some thoughts on photojournalism ethics today By Ethics committee members John Long, Steve Raymer, Peter Southwick and Sean Elliot There was an interesting confluence of ethics oriented events this week: AP dismissed a freelancer for digitally altering a photo; VOGUE magazine retouched a series of photos of Lena Dunham and was criticized for doing so […]

June National Geographic Cover debated

June 6th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No comments

June National Geographic cover debated Compiled by John Long, Ethics Committee Chair With Committee members Steve Raymer, Peter Southwick and Sean Elliot It was a simple note from an NPPA member questioning the use of a digitally created photo on the cover of the June 2013 issue of National Geographic. One message – no massive […]

Chicago Sun-Times lays off photo staff

June 3rd, 2013 | Uncategorized | No comments

Chicago Sun-Times lays off entire photo staff. Compiled by John Long, ethics chair This past week, the NPPA Ethics Committee (John Long, retired Hartford Courant photographer and past president of NPPA , Peter Southwick, Associate Professor of Journalism, Boston University, Steve Raymer, former staff photographer National Geographic and now Professor of Journalism, Indiana University and […]

Digital Processing

February 25th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No comments

In the past several days, two contest-winning photographs have become fuel for a Blog world explosion of opinions on the ethics involved in digital post-processing and proper journalistic captioning. This NPPA Ethics Blog is a compilation of a series of eMails as these two issues came to light over a number of days. The participants […]

Subway photo

December 5th, 2012 | Uncategorized | No comments

On Tuesday, the New York Post ran a front page photo of a man about to die as a subway train approached a station where the man had been pushed into the path of the train. The ethical questions that have arisen over the conduct of the photographer, R. Umar Abbasi, (and the conduct of […]


October 17th, 2012 | Uncategorized | No comments

It started as a simple request to the members of the Ethics Committee (Peter Southwick and Steve Raymer) and Sean Elliot, President of NPPA. “Guys: is it OK with you if I post this as a blog?” In my simple newspaper background, it seemed to be an open and shut case of extreme digital manipulation. […]

Ambassador Stevens photo

September 14th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 6 comments

Ethics blog 8/13/12 Thursday September 13, many news organizations published a photo of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens either dead or dying after a terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. The ethics Committee would like to add some thoughts to the discussion on the use of this image. John Long, Steve Raymer, […]

Blog 6, computer “fill Flash”

June 5th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 6 comments

There was some confusion caused by the three separate posts on the idea of “fill flash” in Photoshop that were posted June 3. This is a combination of these three posts. I hope this makes the debate easier to follow. JL Blog One of Three By John Long, Chairman, NPPA Ethics Committee Recently I had […]

HDR debate

March 26th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 7 comments

ETHICS MATTERS Blog Two 3/26/12 The Ethics Committee held an open discussion on the subject of High Dynamic Range photography at the recent Northern Short Course. We found that each of the three members of the committee had different levels of acceptance of HDR but that we all agreed on the basics. The discussion was […]

blog one

March 23rd, 2012 | Uncategorized | No comments

ETHICS MATTERS Welcome to the new NPPA blog for ethics, “Ethics Matters.” The name was chosen for its dual meanings – we will discuss ethical issues in visual journalism which are essential to the credibility and continued viability of our profession. We will not be posting every day, but as issues arise that are of […]