Athens, GA. - Everyday photographers are faced with challenging situations, many of which are staged photo opportunities by public relations firms, politicians, protesters and organizations. It is our responsibility to strive to be unobtrusive while visually reporting what happened and to not engage or contribute – intentionally or unintentionally – to the environment.
The NPPA’s Code of Ethics is intended to promote the highest standards in all forms of visual journalism and to strengthen public confidence in the profession. Visual journalists operate as trustees of the public and our primary role is to visually report events large and small.
Any day is a good day to remind ourselves what this means to our profession and how our conduct impacts one another. Our work represents one another and accuracy is the defining force of being a visual journalist.
Additionally, it is also our responsibility to not engage in harassing behavior of colleagues, subordinates or subjects and to maintain the highest standards of behavior in all professional interactions.
The NPPA stands unflinchingly by our Code of Ethics. NPPA members in good standing can contact our ethics chair and/or consult with those who exhibit the highest standards of the profession. Visual journalists should continuously study their craft and the ethics that guide it.