This week's topic for JN134-Photojournalism was "Law & Ethics," and it just so happens that we discussed several of the examples included in a post on 10,000 Words.
The photos provided a great starting point for an engaging discussion of ethics, Photoshop and decision-making. Specifically, we talked about the National Geographic image in which the staff "moved" the pyramids; TIME and it's portrayal of a "more menacing" O.J. Simpson (as if the touch-up was needed); and the L.A. Times soldier photo from Iraq.
My students were surprised that professionals would so cavalierly alter these images, and wondered why they were surprised by the strong reaction once the truth was told. When I asked them whether they thought the retouching offenses were serious enough to warrant those resonsible being fired, their response spoke volumes: "Well, duh!"
It gives me hope for the next generation of journalists, many of whom seem to "get it" when it comes to ethics.