Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stories and photos brought to you by ethically sound journalists

    The First Amendment gives the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petitioning to all its citizens. As a journalist, it is imperative that I know my rights and are conscious of situations when these rights can be violated. Such knowledge will only benefit my career and improve my understanding of how to perform my job ethically.
    The press has self-determined responsibilities beyond those given to all citizens in order to produce objective, ethically obtained and portrayed stories. Using sources that were influenced in any way violates journalism ethics.  For example, ethical journalists do not pay for information or receive payment for stories. Journalists are also expected and instructed to truthfully and honestly represent every topic and subject of their stories. How can the audience trust what the journalist says if the journalist is not honest about his/her own material? When handling private or controversial matters, journalists should reflect upon the newsworthiness and necessity of such instances. Journalists need to ask themselves: What does this detail contribute to my story?
    Photojournalists have an additional ethics code to follow since pictures and visual representation are added to the mix. Just as journalists are expected to represent subjects truthfully, photojournalists must capture honest, candid moments of their subjects. Photojournalists cannot stage photos since this would be considered influencing the subjects or perception of the event. Editing imperfect images is extremely tempting, so photojournalists must be sure to only crop and lighten/darken their images. Because photo captions communicate basic and important written information about a picture, photojournalists must ensure that captions follow AP style.
                Being a journalism student has both advantages and disadvantages. Sometimes sources are more likely to open up and events are more likely to grant admittance to the student for reasons of empathy or educational purposes. Nevertheless, journalism students often experience pushback from their own universities—arguably where journalism students do most of their reporting. From the last couple years of classes, I have learned that practicing sound journalism ethics will improve my new value sense, my reporting abilities, and my career prospects. What workplace wants to worry that the new hire is going to put the company in a legal predicament? But most importantly, this lesson bestowed confidence in me to know my rights and know that I am entitled to certain information.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My first post: From small beginnings come short introductions

    My name is Kaitlin Fazio. I am studying print journalism and media arts at Wayne State University in Detroit. When I'm not writing or reading news, I thoroughly enjoy refining my photography skills, listening to music, and spending time in Detroit with my loving group of friends.

    "Fotos by Fazio" is a blog dedicated to the work for my WSU photojournalism class. I purchased my first DSLR camera last year, so I am ecstatic to learn more about the art of photography and photojournalism! Not only will I hone a useful and marketable new skill, but also revel in a new passion that is relative to my career path!

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