Sunday, November 16, 2008

Ethical principles and legal responsibilities

(Image from Goggle)
In the world of journalism, reporters face ethical issues and legal responsibility to provide news for the people. There are several legal responsibilities and ethical issues, but which issues are the most important depend on the reporter’s viewpoint.

One legal responsibility relies on the reporter to prove the truth of a charge or statement. People are grateful to hear the truth and know the reporter has followed a code of ethics to report right from wrong.

Another important ethical rule for journalist to follow is not to gather information through deception. Gathering information through deception is when reporters get stories by lying to their source. In the world of ethical journalism, this is lying and viewed as scamming and dishonesty. Newsrooms are looking for reporters, who tell the truth to get the story in fair manner.

Journalist must understand the legal issue regarding privacy before covering a news story. A private citizen is different from public figure. A public figure, by the nature of their job, understands that information about them can be reported in the news. Private citizens want to keep their life private and not be broadcast in the news. Journalist must avoid is false light. False light is the invasion of privacy when false information is published about person.

All journalists have responsibilities to uphold ethics and legal principles when then cover any story.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Taking Better Pictures

(Image from Addicted to Life)
People say “Pictures can capture moment in time”. Those same people also claim “A pictures is worth thousand words”. But is picture taken with poor quality actually capture the moment or it’s worth thousand words? The answer is no.

There are various ways to take picture. The three basic shots each journalist should know how to take are: mug, still, and news. For these basic shots, here are some things to keep in mind while taking a picture:
•Hold the camera correctly
•Get into position early
•Take several shots
Fill the frame
Rule of thirds
•Different angels
•Watch for the unexpected

Now that we have better understanding on how to set up for that perfect shot, all you have to do is find it?

Below this blog are some photo's I have taken using these guidelines.
Extra information can be found on Class Tutorial Page

Getting to know my Camera

Based News Shot
(Taken by Caitlin M.)

Delta Sigma Phi fraternity members Dylan Rothman, a junior business major at Towson University (TU) and Kenny Walters, a sophomore business major at TU, take turns seesawing for 48 hours to raise money for Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Based Still Shot
(Taken by Caitlin M.)

Based Mug Shot of Dillon N.
(Taken by Caitlin M.)