Code of Ethics Essay

482 WordsMay 28, 20142 Pages
Code of Ethics When working as a photographer you are put in situations that may be uncomfortable or even scary. You are constantly be haunted by others trying to get you to do unethical things whether they are trying to pay to recover information that could potentially sabotage someone or something, or releasing material that is frowned upon by the general public. No matter how juicy, horrific, or interesting the story is there are still codes of ethics that you should follow. NPPA’s Code of Ethics #4 states, “Treat all subjects with respect and dignity. Give special consideration to vulnerable subjects and compassion to victims of crime or tragedy. Intrude on private moments of grief only when the public has an overriding and justifiable need to see.” I agree with this ethical standard because I’ve always believed that you should treat people how you want to be treated. And often enough photos are published of a tragedy that really wasn’t necessarily “Breaking News,” and I think that it is okay to withhold the information unless it, as stated in the the code of ethics, “the public has an overriding and justifiable need to see. I feel like #9 also goes along with this it states, “Do not intentionally sabotage the efforts of other journalists.” In my opinion I feel like it is wrong to do that to somebody else, not only are you ruining their chances at success, but also yours because you have the chance of potentially being fired. I think that NPPA’s Code of Ethics #7 and #8 go hand in hand, where it discusses how we should not pay or be bribed with gifts to “seek influence or coverage” or to “inform or participate.” I feel as though you shouldn’t have to be bribed or bribe somebody just to get a story or picture. I feel like if you are a good Photojournalist than you can undercover the right story without cheating. The last ethic that I believe in is #6:

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