Weighing Photographic Choices
This activity explores how editors might use different criteria in deciding what photos are appropriate for their medium.
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- Divide students into at least four small groups. Each group will take on the role of newspaper, yearbook, literary arts magazine or website editors and staff.
- 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 and complete the worksheet on what photos they would or would not use, and why.
- Weighing Photographic Choices worksheet (download), one page for each small group playing the role of newspaper, yearbook, literary arts magazine, and student website
Have each group share their decisions and explain their reasoning.
- How did ethics come into play?
- Were some photos/videos deemed appropriate for some media and not others? Why?
- Did they find other groups’ arguments compelling? Why or why not?
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.
ISTE: 3d. Knowledge ConstructorStudents build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems.