Feb. 29, 2012
Journalists working in countries with free presses generally adhere to a strict code of ethics. Democracy depends on the media, the so-called Fourth Estate, to keep citizens properly informed with fair reporting of the country’s current events.
In a time when people love to fantasize that media are controlled by some higher political and greedy power and a time when readers are flooded with information via the web, it is critical that reputable media outlets protect their integrity by strictly following a code of ethics that every professional journalist has committed to memory.
The Sacramento Bee recently fired a longtime photographer and former City College student for digitally manipulating a photo that ran on the front page of a Sunday issue of The Bee. Photographer Bryan Patrick won numerous photography awards while working for two local newspapers, and his inappropriate manipulation of a stunning photo of an egret resulted in ruining his career, according to City College Photography Professor Randy Allen.
“It’s a lot like being a bank teller and embezzling. It’s not like he’ll ever get another job as a press photographer—he just won’t. [Employers] don’t hire people who have been caught doing this kind of thing,” said Allen….» Read More