A photographer’s fair trade

By S. Parker Yesko I spent close to two months traveling in India this summer. A friend and I followed the Ganges River from its terminus near the Bay of Bengal to its glacial source in the Himalayan foothills. Along the way, we conducted several dozen audio interviews of people who interact with the river […]

Photography and the “saving action”

By Kristian Jebsen The patients lay on ragged mats on the concrete floor, their ankles chained to the wall. A man rolled over and emptied his bladder into a narrow gutter that ran the length of the building. The piss ran by my feet and into the courtyard. I had to take a picture. Or […]

The dilemmas we face: how young journalists draw ethical red lines

By Katelyn Verstraten This story began when an elderly woman with dementia wandered onto a busy highway in the middle of the night in July 2014 and was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Police found her lifeless body in the morning and notified the family. Her children and grandchildren were devastated. Officers began searching for […]

Freedom of the press when it’s not free: reporting under censorship, from Qatar to Canada

By Jessica Davey-Quantick I know exactly how many inches over the knee you have to photoshop a woman’s shorts to get it on the cover of a magazine in the Persian Gulf. For five years, I wrote in code. A Harley Davidson was never a “hog.” ‘Sex and the City” became a string of letters, […]

Western media and the Hong Kong protests: a lesson in balance

By Joanna Plucinska In the fall of 2014, the Occupy Hong Kong movement captured the attention of the world and the Western media. It was the largest protest to ever grip the city—the local media, let alone foreign reporters, had never seen anything like it. Many journalists had to figure out how to report the […]

Vulnerable sources can make journalists vulnerable

By Alexandra Levine In the wake of a traumatic event, journalists must quickly decide if and how to respond. When writing and reporting on trauma, journalists are tasked with handling stories as ethically and sensitively as possible — with “sensitivity” having a broad range of meanings. Some journalists may not seem sensitive at all, asking […]

To show or not to show: videos of vulnerable sources

By Lex Talamo “Photographic and video images can reveal great truths, expose wrong doing and neglect, inspire hope and understanding, and connect people around the globe through the language of visual understanding. Photographs can also cause great harm if they are callously intrusive or are manipulated.”—National Press Photographers Association’s Code of Ethics For decades, viewers […]

An ethical imperative to cover what works?

By Lindsey Anderson Turn on the TV or open a newspaper, and you’ll see endless stories about “the problem”—how many people died of Ebola, where the latest mass shooting occurred, which schools have the highest dropout rates. Journalist David Bornstein wants news organizations to add a different focus to mix: solutions journalism. Solutions journalism is […]

Writing about the dead*

By Laura Smith Recently, I stood in the woods near Auschwitz in Oświęcim, Poland—the same woods where Jews waited to enter the gas chambers. It was a picnic-worthy spring day. The sun filtered through the pine trees. Unable to imagine the horror that had happened there, my thoughts turned instead to a picture I had […]