The Boston Marathon Bombing: Falsified Photograph

Photograph taken by Charles Apple

Photograph taken by Charles Apple

While many are flustered by the unexpected bombings at the Boston Marathon, held Monday April 15th, news outlets instantly fled to the scene to capture the gory images of the unfortunate who were injured. The photograph was posted on multiple news sources, such as The Daily News and The New York Post. Although The New York Post was looked down upon for inaccurate reporting, The Daily News was criticized as well for touching up this photograph above and reporting it without the grisly image. As you can see above, the left picture is the raw image of the event, with a lady’s lower leg injured from the impact of the bombing, while the image on the right is touched-up so there’s nothing gory showing. To view more photographs from the bombing at the Boston Marathon and the potential suspects, click here.

Many news sources were faced with ethical and journalistic dilemmas while reporting photographs from this event. In order to show the true events that occurred on this day, photojournalists had to capture images of those who were impacted by the bombings. Sources such as The Daily News had trouble deciding whether showing the true images to the public were too gruesome and inappropriate to report, so they decided to touch up the photograph, showing no gory injury at all. However, this backfired on them because they broke one of the most valued principles of journalism: to tell the truth. The Daily News, along with all other news outlets trying to report the story, faced the dilemma of telling the truth, but The Daily News chose not to. This created many repercussions for their reputation because they’ve lost a great amount of credibility and have to gain it back slowly over time. For more information on this image and the story behind it, you can view it here.


Environmental Photojournalism: Who’s Got What It Takes?

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Being paid to travel around the world and take photographs of breaking news? Sign me up! Environmental photojournalism is without a doubt one of the most interesting forms of journalism a photographer could take on. Traveling to phenomenal locations around the world seems like business mixed with pleasure; a perfect combination for a photojournalist. Having the opportunity to become involved with natural disasters and manmade disasters is an experience worth waiting for. Along with this, being an environmentalist photographer is a great method of communicating the true environmental issues occurring around the world because pictures are the all-time verification for an event that occurs.

The BP Oil Spill that effected the marine life along the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, was a phenomenal disaster that occurred due to an accidental marine oil spill, that was ranked the world’s largest oil spill in history. The photograph above shows multiple patches of smoke rising into the atmosphere of oil being burned as a cleanup process that was used to help erase the disaster that occurred. The man who took this photograph, Joel Sartore, captured an amazing shot of oil patterns reflecting off the water, with boats nearby keeping the burning under control. This photograph captures many different elements of the event itself, but also the larger image of man destructing earth. It captures the perfect message that humans created this disaster. Even though it was an accident, we, as humans, had the ability and power to create such a negative impact on the ocean and the species that it contains. Sartore was able to capture the entire disaster in just one image, which is truly a gift for a photojournalist. For more image from the BP Oil Spill, click here.

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This image with a duck wading in a pond with plastic strewn about behind it is another great photograph that portrays the life of a photojournalist. These photojournalists are able to get up close and personal, and experience something extremely unique. For more spectacular images of environmental photographs where humans have effected wildlife and nature, you can view them here.