Award-winning photo provides valuable ethics lesson

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The image below received the Photo of the Year award in the World Press Photo contest. The photo was captured by Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici, and it showed an off-duty police officer seconds after he shot and killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey at an art gallery in December 2016.

ap_16355526985677_custom-67075110a0eb047700a08affd6231f90f3ea4647-s800-c85 The jurors who selected the award were torn. On one hand, they wanted to reward the fine work and bravery of the photographer who risked his own life to capture a dramatic, newsworthy moment that the world needed to see. On the other, some on the jury didn’t want to reward this criminal act with publicity and notoriety.

This post from the New York Times Lens blog provides some additional insight.

Did the jury make the right call? What are the ethical issues in play here?



Panel discussions explore news media’s role in the wake of 2016 election

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For journalism educators looking for resources to help their students better understand the news and media environment leading up to and following the 2016 presidential election, check out these two panel discussions. Each is about 90 minutes and can be used to garner ideas for class discussions, debate or other assignments.

The first, “The Future of News: Journalism in a Post-Truth Era,” took place at Harvard University this week and featured speakers from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, CNN and others.

The second, “Journalism’s Way Forward,” was sponsored by the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Kent State and took place last week. Area media professionals and several of the School’s faculty comprised the panel.

Both groups touched on a range of relevant issues to explore: the public’s trust in the news media, representations of groups and audience members in news stories, and the proper way both to cover antagonistic government officials and to correct falsehoods and other inaccurate information promulgated both by officials and misinformed media consumers.