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Listening to subjects' concerns about news photographs: A grounded ethical inquiry


1998 1998

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This study looks at the relationship between photojournalists and their subjects using a bottom-up method of ethical inquiry that I refer to as grounded moral theory. The method is based on philosophical ideals from an ethic of care and methodological notions about building theory from the ground up (Glaser and Strauss, 1967). Grounded moral theory consists of listening to people's real-life concerns, generating recommendations to deal with these concerns, and extrapolating from recommendations and concerns to ethical theory. In-depth interviews with subjects of ordinary news photographs and picture stories revealed that subjects' overriding concerns revolved around two types of understanding: (1) the contextual understanding conveyed in their photographs and picture stories, and (2) the understanding photojournalists showed them while taking those photographs. From subjects' concerns and a list of nine recommendations for ways photojournalists might be able to allay subjects' concerns, I conclude that journalists should consider replacing the sacred tenet of objectivity with the concept of contextual understanding.

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Subject
Journalism;
Mass media;
Philosophy
Classification
0391: Journalism
0708: Mass media
0422: Philosophy
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Communication and the arts; Ethical; News; Photographs
Title
Listening to subjects' concerns about news photographs: A grounded ethical inquiry
Author
Brown, Cindy M.
Number of pages
409
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
0093
Source
DAI-A 60/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599184893, 0599184892
Advisor
Boeyink, David E.
University/institution
Indiana University
University location
United States -- Indiana
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9919433
ProQuest document ID
304413466
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304413466/abstract
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