Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Exploring the ethics of publishing a photograph depicting black face

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In the other class I teach, Investigative Strategies, we were discussing whether it would be ethical to have published photographs of the Southern Miss students who had donned black face last year as part of a costume depicting the Cosby family. We discussed how a local TV station did not publish a picture, even when the story went national, because the university had not released the students’ names. So showing their pictures would identify them.

I think this is relevant to our class because we, too, were talking about ethics, particularly in multimedia. Then today, I saw a report about a high school in New York, where some student donned black face to do a skit depicting domestic violence. Here’s are the details about the incident from a post I wrote for my other class.

I’d like you to think about this from an ethics standpoint, setting aside, of course the troubling nature of this latest incident. Was it ethical for CNN to publish a picture of the students in blackface that another student had taken? Why or why not?

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Written by bloggingmom67

October 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

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