Photo Ethics: What Is Newsworthy?
A case study on student stunts in school explores a journalist’s ethical duty to be fair, accurate and clear.
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- Media Ethics
- Divide students into small groups.
- Tell them: Editors, reporters and photographers make content decisions every day based on their news judgment, understanding of their communities and awareness of their ethical, legal and economic responsibilities.
- 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?
- What Is Newsworthy? 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).