Photo Ethics: News Independence
This case study explores challenges a student photojournalist faces in being accurate, fair and clear.
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- Media Ethics
- Divide students into small groups.
- Tell your students: One of the basic principles that guide a free press is that the press has a commitment to the truth. It reports news; it does not make news. It should maintain an independence from those it covers.
- Have students read the scenario and discuss the options.
- Encourage them to come up with a consensus on the action they’d take.
- Have each group share their decision and explain their reasoning. Did they find other groups’ arguments compelling? Why or why not?
- News Independence case study handout (download), one per small group
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
National Council of Teachers of English: NCTE.12Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).