Ethics of Photo journalism

As a Photo Journalist you are obligated to take pictures of the most important news or crisis. Photo Journalists know how to capture an image and make it so powerful that it speaks to the viewer. But they also have to be incredibly careful who they take pictures of and question themselves on every shot they take “is this picture ethically correct? Am I allowed to take this picture and not hurt anyone?”. These questions can be very challenging at times and we as the viewer may question the picture and ask “how could they take a picture like that and not help the person?”. But in the end they are helping. They are spreading awareness about things we might not even know were going on, or we don’t know how it looks an how people feel. But I believe if the journalist is in a place where he can help, he should do so. I find it terrible to see horrifying pictures of people dying and then finding out that the photo journalist took the picture and didn’t even help. 

It’s good that we have journalists who take pictures to show the world what is really going on, but on the other hand it is also important that they help the people in need if they can. Otherwise it would be like saying “these people need your help” and not helping them yourself, which is pointless. 

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Internships

Although I stayed at home during Spring Break, one big thing happened to me.

I was always interested in working as a journalist and getting an internship would prepare me for this. Thanks to my Journalism Teacher Ms. Jardine, I got contact emails and directions as to what to email Gulf News. I sent them a few of my best articles and my resume. I thought the application process would be a lot more difficult and I would have to answer many specific questions, but sending some of my work was enough for them to accept me. When I got the email from Gulf News saying that I was accepted into the internship, I got goosebumps. This internship means the world to me especially because it will look amazing on my college application. I can tell colleges that I have worked as an intern one of the biggest Newspapers in Dubai. Also, this internship will help me with future jobs in Journalism because I already have an experience from a young age what it feels like to work cooperatively with others in an office.

I am so glad I got accepted for this Internship and most of this wouldn’t have been possible without the great help of my Journalism Teacher.

Thank You Ms. Jardine!  

Ethics of Journalism

As a Journalist, you have to go out and get as much information and as many pieces of evidence as you possibly can. But that being said, there are some boundaries when it comes to too much information being told. In class today, we read parts of the article from the New York Times reporting on the death of the 46 year old American Actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. When the New York Times reported on the scene of his death, some things which they wrote were way too graphic for the audience. I didn’t really mind the fact that they mentioned there were bags of heroine next to him but the fact that they mentioned “a syringe in his arm” was going too far. What shocked me even more was that the news of Hoffman’s death were immediately posted on Twitter by a news source, and that nearly everyone found out he died because of that tweet. As a Journalist, I would take the time to gather Information, write an article on it and then inform people to give his family a chance to process what had happened. Also, in other articles the children’s names were mentioned under the headline that Philip Seymour Hoffman kept them out of the spotlight. The Newspaper then went ahead and published the kids’ names and pictures thinking they could bring them into the spotlight now since their father has passed away. Another thing that bothered me was the headline from the Sydney Daily Telegraph which was: “Kids Grieve For Junkie Actor Dad”. Journalists have to be respectful of their audiences and who the article is about. Hoffman’s children might see this article and read that people think of their dad as a junkie. This is very disrespectful, but thankfully the Sydney Daily Telegraph changed this headline to make it suitable for the audiences. 

Up in the Tech Booth

For my article “Behind the Booth”, I had to go up in the the Tech Booth so that I could see how they prepare for an assembly. They prepared microphones, put the correct lights on, and were so quiet that you could hear everyone from the audience talk. It was a great experience especially because now I have more things to write about other than saying that the Tech Crew needs to get more attention. Now I can say exactly what they have to do and tell the readers of the article what they should be able to do to be a part of the team.

The place where all the magic happens

The place where all the magic happens

Pulitzer Prize Article-“The Bravest Woman in Seattle”

The Pulitzer Prize is an American award for achievement in literature, newspaper and online journalism. This award was created by Joseph Pulitzer. He was a newspaper reporter from Hungary. He gave 2 million dollars to Columbia University to establish a journalism school there and the establishment of a prize for subjects such as literature, drama, music and journalism. The Pulitzer Prize has a huge stature. This prize is the most significant of prizes that can be given to a journalist. The winners of this prize become very respected and very distinguished because of it. Not only do the winners get a lot of fame but it also opens up many different opportunities for the journalist.

            “The Bravest Woman in Seattle” by Eli Sanders won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The article is haunting story of a woman who survived a brutal attack that took the life of her partner, using the woman’s brave courtroom testimony and the details of the crime to construct a moving narrative.

The story shows the courage of a woman who testifies against the accused rapist and the murderer of her partner, Teresa Butz.

The choice of words and length of sentences she uses really grabs the reader. You must listen. This happened to us. You must hear who was lost. You must hear what he did. You must hear how Teresa fought him. You must hear what I loved about her. You must know what he took from us. This happened.”

            The pace of the story is stunning. In one paragraph the last line is a hit in the stomach when Sanders writes: “Don’t get too excited. That was just round one.”…The prosecuting attorney asked how many rounds were there altogether. “Three.”

            When Eli Sanders talks about the raping scene it is amazing how helpless Butz was. There was nothing she could do anymore and she had to accept the fact that she was overpowered. The rapist held a knife against her throat the entire time. Teresa said it was about a foot long from handle to tip. She tried to get out of it by saying she had her period but the rapist didn’t care. There was absolutely nothing in her power to stop this.

The article was written in the Inverted pyramid style, which means that the most important things are in the first one or two paragraphs and the least important details at the end.  The article was very long but it pulled you into the story so far, you didn’t want to get out of it anymore. The article had such a nice flow and was so intense because of the dialogue included in it.

“One thought: If this woman can absorb, at the level of detail required for proof before a jury, the particulars of what happened to her daughter-can view the bloody crime-scene photographs, can listen to the 911 call from a neighbor leaning over her blood-soaked daughter and screaming “Ma’am please wake up” (while to the 911 operator pleading please hurry, please hurry), can hear the testimony about the DNA evidence and what orifices it was recovered from-then no one else in this courtroom can dare turn away.” I think this is the most powerful quote in the entire article because it shows how helpless someone can be and how little we know about the problems of others.

In the beginning I thought this article would be like a call for help, but it wasn’t. It alarmed people and told the story of a person who went through all this. I was quite shocked at the article and now I know why people say it is horrifying and gruesome. It really is. 

Read the full article here: http://www.pulitzer.org/files/2012/feature_writing/strangerbravestwoman.pdf

Reflection

In my article “Taking on new challenges” I think it illustrates all of the criteria (Structure/Format Headline, by-line, hook/lead, body, sources, columns, picture, caption) needed for a proper news article. O=In the criteria Thinking and Inquiry my article adequately addresses the lead and most of the article provides additional information (key and minor detail) regarding Why & How. I could have wrote more on the Why and the How’s but overall I believe I did pretty good in this criteria. My article establishes a clear purpose in the lead paragraph and demonstrates a clear understanding of the topic I wrote about which was the upcoming School Play Macbeth.

This being my first year in Journalism, I think I did a good job so far on all my articles and I hope to continue this throughout this entire course.

Going out to get information

This weekend I went to the American School of Dubai (ASD) to watch the varsity boys and girls play in the MESAC tournament. I took a camera, wrote down some questions on paper, and took my phone as a recording device since it was not possible to write everything out word for word because of all the action that was going on at once. I got some cool pictures but I also asked other photographers to send me one or two of their best pictures so I can put in the better picture for the article. It was pretty exciting to go to a MESAC tournament as a Journalist. I think this was the first time I truly felt that I am a journalist and that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life!