News photographers capture all types of events as a method of storytelling and documenting history. Some of these photos depict traumatic situations, like the last few seconds of someone’s life. Should newspapers run these photos? How should editors make these decisions?
The conflict between news and the bottom line inspired this week’s ethics question. Should newspapers and television stations run gun advertising?
Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, became angry during the holidays after a photo she shared with her “friends” on Facebook was reposted on Twitter. Zuckerberg said asking before posting someone’s photo is about human decency. What do you think? Should social media users seek permission before sharing other people’s photos?
The National Rifle Association is being criticized after releasing a target practice app geared toward children ages 4 and up. Some think the timing is in poor taste, but does the timing matter?
Sources regularly ask to preapprove questions, conduct interviews via email, review quotes, or read stories before they are published. All of these requests are an effort to control the information the public receives through the media. Do you think quote approval or review should be allowed? Are there times when this practice is more acceptable than others?
I had a honor to hear retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor speak on campus this week. Her witty remarks and practical advice really caught my attention.