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Visual Ethics by Paul Martin Lester

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Two citizen journalists – before social media they were called amateur photographers – stood a few feet apart and took essentially the same picture. One was disgraced. The other won a Pulitzer Prize. Such starts a cautionary tale on citizen journalism and credibility.

According to Jay Rosen, media critic, author, and educator, citizen journalists are “the people formerly known as the audience.” With hundreds of millions of easily pocketed and retrievable camera phones bought every year by consumers throughout the world that provide internet access to social media for quick and convenient uploads that bypass traditional print and broadcast outlets, creators and the audience are one. We are the media. Nevertheless, because ...

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