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To Tell the Truth: Codes of Objectivity in Photojournalism

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Melanie Hoskins

on 6 February 2014

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Transcript of To Tell the Truth: Codes of Objectivity in Photojournalism

To Tell the Truth: Codes of Objectivity in Photojournalism

-Written by Dona Schwartz.
-Debunks the myth that photographs are unmediated representations of reality.
-Explains how photojournalists perspective alters our understanding of the image.

Breaks down her discussion further by explaining:
-What photojournalism is
-Content of photographs
-How objectivity must be taken into consideration when viewing a photo.

What is Photojournalism?
"...communication photography. The communication can express a photojournalist's view of the subject, but the message communicates more than personal self-expression."
3 different kinds of News photography:

-Spot News- coverage of an event as it happens or shortly after

-General News- coverage of planned events

-Feature Pictures- an image that does not need to be defined by a certain time or place.
Spot News
Spot News
Spot News
Techniques of Photojournalism
News as Narratives
People and Posing
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
"...photojournalism reports... you should report news so readers with they had been there..."
"...photojournalism communicates to a mass audience. This means that the message must be concise and immediately understood by many different people."
Accidents and Disasters
-Photojournalism shows objectivity to a degree, however there is much more behind the photo than what we initially see.

-A good photo can tell a story, evokes emotional response, and engages the viewer while making it look as natural as possible.

-No photo is black and white, because the artist manipulates and mediates the image to have an affect on its audience.
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