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A presentation by Bradley Wilson on covering spot news. Images included remain copyrighted by their original owners and are intended for classroom use only. ©2012 Bradley Wilson

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  1. 1. Spot News Be Prepared More than “just the right place at the right time” By Bradley Wilson, Ph.D.
  2. 2. NPPA Code of Ethics 1. Be accurate and comprehensive in the representation of subjects. 2. Resist being manipulated by staged photo opportunities. 3. Be complete and provide context when photographing or recording subjects. Avoid stereotyping individuals and groups. Recognize and work to avoid presenting ones own biases in the work.
  3. 3. NPPA Code of Ethics 4. Treat all subjects with respect and dignity. Give special consideration to vulnerable subjects and compassion to victims of crime or tragedy. Intrude on private moments of grief only when the public has an overriding and justifiable need to see. 5. While photographing subjects do not intentionally contribute to, alter, or seek to alter or influence events.
  4. 4. NPPA Code of Ethics 6. Editing should maintain the integrity of the photographic images’ content and context. Do not manipulate images or add or alter sound in any way that can mislead viewers or misrepresent subjects. 7. Do not pay sources or subjects or reward them materially for information or participation. 8. Do not accept gifts, favors, or compensation from those who might seek to influence coverage. 9. Do not intentionally sabotage the efforts of other journalists.
  5. 5. SPJ Code of Ethics Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalists credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Societys principles and standards of practice.
  6. 6. SPJ Code of Ethics Seek Truth and Report It | Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information. • Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible. • Diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing. • Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources reliability.
  7. 7. SPJ Code of Ethics Minimize Harm | Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect. • Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects. • Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief. • Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.
  8. 8. SPJ Code of Ethics Act Independently | Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the publics right to know. Be Accountable | Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.
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  12. 12. Have a Plan Designate an ‘incident commander’ — first on the scene Know who to call and in what order Have resources availableWhere do you go when your resources aren’t available? MORE INFORMATION:
  13. 13. The Basics WHO was affected? WHAT happened? WHEN did it happen?WHERE did it happen? WHY did it happen? HOW did it happen?
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  16. 16. Photo by Ty Cacek, Western Kentucky University
  17. 17. Photo by Brad Vest, Ohio University
  18. 18. On-going Scene DevelopmentThe more cooperative you are with localofficials the better your coverage will be.Remember, officials have a responsibility to public safety.
  19. 19. Don’t forget Sept. 11, 2001
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  28. 28. But let’s also not forget Aurora, Colorado (2012) Virginia Tech (2007) Columbine (1999) Jonesboro (1998) West Paducah (1997) Oklahoma City (1995)
  29. 29. Could you?Would you?Should you? Cover these events?
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  31. 31. Right to Access Is there such a thing?How do you balance the needs of security with the need to know?
  32. 32. Right to Privacy Is there such a thing?How do you balance the public’s need/desireto know with an individual’s right to privacy? HIPAA — Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act FERPA — Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  33. 33. Right to Privacy All-purpose public figures. Limited-purpose public figures.Private citizens thrust into the limelight. Private citizens. Minors.
  34. 34. Are Journalists People Too? Suicide dilemma The human side of the equation.
  35. 35. It Can Happen Here It can happen anywhere. It will. Be prepared.
  36. 36. By Bradley Wilson, Ph.D. twitter: bradleywilson09 ©2012 The copyright of all images remains with the original photographer.