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Mass Media Ethics/Journalism Studies: Evaluating the Ethical content of news photographs in mainstream and social media

Evaluating the Ethical content of news photographs in mainstream and social media

Abstract

Evaluating the Ethical content of photo news in mainstream and social media is a study on the relationship between objectivity, responsibility and Ethics in journalism profession. This study set out to ascertain the conformity of news photographs in mainstream and social media, and to find out which of these media (mainstream and social media) conform the most to ethical standards in photo news reporting.

The study adopted the qualitative content analysis research design in evaluating news photographs published in five mainstream and social media platforms on ten purposively selected incidents. The study was based on Digital Darwinism hypothesis and social responsibility theory of the press.

Findings show that main stream media conform to ethical standards in photo news reporting more than the social media.

Chinenye Nwabueze, Ph. D

Department of Mass Communication

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University

Igbariam Campus

&

Peter Ikegbunam

Department of Mass Communication

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University

Igbariam Campus

Key words: Ethics, Mainstream media, social media, and photographs, photo news

(Source: Media and Communication Review, Vol. II, No1. May, 2016).

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About Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a writer with passion for cutting-edge news

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One comment

  1. ikegbunam peter c

    this man with horns has not known what he has done to himself until his sleep will turn miserable for the rest of his life.

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