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Amateur Images and Global News
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ISBN 9781841504209
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Published December 2011
Imprint: Intellect
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Modern technology has enabled anyone with a digital camera or cell phone to capture images of newsworthy events as they develop, and news organizations around the world increasingly depend on these amateur images for their coverage of unfolding events. However, with globalization facilitating wider circulation, critics have expressed strong concern over exactitude and objectivity. The first book on this topic, Amateur Images and Global News considers at length the ethical and professional issues that arise with the use of amateur images in the mainstream news media—as well as their role in producing knowledge and framing meanings of disasters in global and national contexts.

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Chapter titles
Kari Andén-Papadopoulos and Mervi Pantti
PART I: Histories
Chapter 1: Looking Back: Ethics and Aesthetics of Non-Professional Photography
Karin Becker
Chapter 2: Amateur Photography in Wartime: Early Histories
Stuart Allan
Chapter 3: The Eyewitness in the Age of Digital Transformation
Mette Mortensen
PART II: Practices
Chapter 4: Amateur Images and Journalistic Authority
Helle Sjøvaag
Chapter 5: Transparency and Trustworthiness: Strategies for Incorporating Amateur Photography into News Discourse
Mervi Pantti and Kari Andén-Papadopoulos
Chapter 6: Pans and Zooms: The Quality of Amateur Video Covering a Breaking News Story
Ray Niekamp
Chapter 7: ‘You Will Die Next’: Killer Images and the Circulation of Moral Hierarchy
Johanna Sumiala
Chapter 8: From Columbine to Kauhajoki: Amateur Videos as Acts of Terror
Marguerite Moritz
PART III: Circulations
Chapter 9: Visual Blowback: Soldier Photography and the War in Iraq
Liam Kennedy
Chapter 10: In Amateurs We Trust: Readers Assessing Non-Professional News Photographs
Liina Puustinen and Janne Seppänen
Chapter 11: ‘More Real and Less Packaged’: Audience Discourses on Amateur News Content and Their Effects on Journalism Practice
Andy Williams, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen and Claire Wardle
'The book is well-structured, the language well-edited, and the ideas succinctly developed and appropriate for journalism scholars and professors, as well as for researchers involved in the journalistic enquiry ... an entertaining read' – Emmanuel Ngwainmbi for International Journal of Communication Review

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