First, some definitions:

  • photojournalism |ˌfōtōˈjərnəˌlizəm| noun. the art or practice of communicating news by photographs, esp. in magazines. DERIVATIVES  photojournalist noun
  • news |n(y)oōz|noun newly received or noteworthy information, esp. about recent or important events : I’ve got some good news for you.• ( the news) a broadcast or published report of news : he was back in the news again.• ( news to) informal information not previously known to someone : this was hardly news to her.• a person or thing considered interesting enough to be reported in the news : Chanel became the hottest news in fashion.PHRASESmake news become a story in the news : stolen babies make news is good news proverb without information to the contrary you can assume that all is well.ORIGIN late Middle English : plural of new , translating Old Frenchnoveles or medieval Latin nova ‘new things.’ Thesaurus news noun they were stunned by the news of his death report, announcement, story,account; article, news flash, newscast, headlines, press release,communication, communiqué, bulletin; message, dispatch, statement,intelligence; disclosure, revelation, word, talk, gossip; informal scoop;literary tidings
  • credibility |ˌkredəˈbilitē| noun -the quality of being trusted and believed in : the government’s loss of credibility. -the quality of being convincing or believable : the book’s anecdotes have scant regard for credibility. -another term for street credibility . ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from medieval Latin credibilitas, from Latin credibilis (see credible ). Thesaurus credibility noun 1 the whole tale lacks credibility plausibility, believability, tenability, probability, feasibility, likelihood, credence; authority, cogency. 2 does he possess the moral credibility the party is looking for? trustworthiness, reliability, dependability, integrity; reputation, status.

I, and  other people, have lost trust in many of the news outlets that we once counted on for  truthful, credible reporting.

In news reporting if you don’t have credibility, you’ve got nothing.

If you are in the business of reporting the news, you should be doing just that, REPORTING, truthfully and accurately, without bias and opinion.

To keep it simple for myself,  In my work as a photojournalist,  I keep  three things in mind to drive my work;  Observe, record, report.

There’s no room for my opinion.

The National Press Photographers Association’s Code of Ethics (1) offers good guidelines. If I simply observe, record and report, I’m simply AND TRUTHFULLY passing along factual information.

MY credibility is left intact and if there’s one thing that’s important in news reporting it’s CREDIBILITY.

Personally, I think the problem is that may reporters have become show-people or entertainers.They gather information, and rather than passing it on as factual information, they insert their opinion.

The following video from the Daily Show is a perfect example of how certain people who report financial news have lost their credibility.

Not only have the reporters lost their credibility, but they news organizations that these reporters appear on have lost credibility too. This aired on March 4, 2009. [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.792501&w=425&h=350&fv=autoPlay%3Dfalse]


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