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What Keeps You Honest?

This ethics column ran in the News Photographer Magazine dedicated to the issues surrounding freelancing.

By John Long, Ethics Chairman, NPPA

We have become more and more a profession of freelancers.

Much of this issue of News Photographer is dedicated to the topic of freelance photojournalism so the question was posed – are there ethical issues primarily associated with freelancing? The answer is yes.

For freelancers, the basic question is, “What keeps you honest?”

Manipulated Photos End With Firing

This column ran in the March 2012 issue of News Photographer Magazine. It details the controversy that ended with the dismissal of Bryan Patrick from the Sacramento Bee for combining two photos in order to make one better photograph.

By Donald Winslow, Editor

Award-winning photojournalist dismissed after altered pictures discovered.

2010 Board Meeting

The NPPA Board of Directors will conduct their annual meeting January 16 - 17 in Durham, NC.


The following resolutions will be considered. They were approved on December 31 by Clyde Meuller, Resolutions Chair.

The Revolution Is Upon Us

The recent use of an HDR image by a newspaper set off a debate on the propriety of using the new techniques made possible by Photoshop. This led to an examination of the age-old concept of the “Decisive Moment” and its meaning in the era of computational photojournalism.

News Photographer Magazine ran this column in April 2012.

By John Long, Ethics Chairman, NPPA

Is this a new era, one where the “decisive moment” has changed?

2012 NPPA Elections

The winners of the November Board election were Mark Dolan and Todd Maisel. They took office on January 1, 2012, and will serve a three-year term.

Michael P. King was elected National Secretary at the 2012 Annual Board Meeting on January 22nd. His seat on the board has been filled by Jim Michalowski, based on the results of the 2011 Board election.

The next election will be held in April for the position of Regional Chairs' Representative.

Mission & Bylaws

(as amended by the NPPA Board of Directors, September 29, 2015)


The name of the association is the National Press Photographers Association, Inc., also hereinafter referred to as NPPA. NPPA is incorporated in the State of New York with office locations at the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia in Athens, and in Durham, North Carolina.

NPPA Policies & Procedures

(as amended by NPPA Board of Directors, September 29, 2015) 


Special Memberships 

Family Membership
In families with more than one NPPA member, a second membership may be purchased in conjunction with a fully paid Professional Membership at the same residential address. This membership provides both individuals with all of the privileges and benefits of a Professional Membership, but only one copy of News Photographer magazine will be mailed to the home. 

2012 Resolution 7

WHEREAS, the NPPA has an interest in utilizing mutually beneficial partnerships with regional state, and local visual journalism organizations for the purposes of education, advocacy, marketing, and recruitment;

Be it RESOLVED, “Professional Chapters” in NPPA’s Policies and Procedures document shall be rewritten to read:

2012 Resolution 6

This resolution aims to ensure that our organization is properly and consistently marketed and branded in communications and at its events. NPPA currently lacks established standards in these areas. Consistency in these areas does matter to the success of an organization, whether a for-profit firm or 501-type organizations. In an organization with many volunteers involved in it’s governance in many corners of the country, efforts should be made to keep them on the same page and appearing cohesive.

2012 Resolution 5

WHEREAS, student outreach is a high priority of the National Press Photographers Association; and

WHEREAS, student chapters are NPPA’s primary means of performing such outreach and recruiting members; and

WHEREAS, faculty advisors of such student chapters are deserving of the organization’s consideration for sacrificing their time to start chapters, maintain chapters, and increase student membership and participation; and

WHEREAS, these faculty advisors are vital links between NPPA and students themselves;