Golden age of photo ethics?

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to photo manipulation. David Perlmutter, associate dean at the University of Kansas school of journalism, believes that by some standards, this is the golden age of photojournalism ethics. “If you are caught faking a picture today, you are fired,” he told American Journalism Review.

Fifty years ago, it was just part of the business. Now most people have gone to journalism school and learned ethics. Newsrooms are taking these things more seriously. Standards are higher than ever. On the other hand, it has become so much easier to get away with the crime.

True, but it’s also easier to get caught, because anyone anywhere can review online images for accuracy. Alert readers can and do blow the whistle on manipulated images. Read more in The New York Times about a case involving a Reuters freelancer.

A newspaper bucks the trend

USA Today was mocked when it launched 25 years ago. McPaper, they called it, with its “news nuggets” and “charticles.” But it has survived and is now thriving. According to editor Ken Paulson, USA Today is selling more copies now than it was six months ago. Why?

During a forum at American University, Paulson said new subscribers are telling USA Today they wanted more national and international news than they were getting in their local newspapers. That seems to fit with the recent trend toward “hyperlocal” coverage by many newspapers around the country. Continue reading