Censorship Starts with You

Choosing whether or not to shoot a scene could be construed as censorship. There may be a number of reasons not to fire the shutter, such as personal emotions, biases, and employer influence, or perhaps environmental challenges. Just remember that the story starts with you, and you play the most crucial role in gathering the information. Keep in mind also that when faced with a difficult situation, such as my own with Captain Belser’s death, your decision may come down to human decency. One guideline in the NPPA Code of Ethics states that photojournalists should treat each subject with respect—and your idea of showing or giving respect may differ from mine.

Well, there will always be caveats, which makes our job that ...

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