ISSN: 20010818
First published in 2012
3 issues per volume
Volume 6 Issue 2
Cover Date: June 2017
Situational ethics in photojournalism: Moving beyond doing good or doing right
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Authors:  Yung Soo Kim 
DOI: 10.1386/ajms.6.2.315_1

photojournalism,role of photojournalists,detached observers vs good Samaritan,media ethics,ethical dilemmas,situational ethics

Readers have different views on a photojournalist’s ethical situation when confronting the dilemma of whether to continue portraying a tragedy or intervening to help those in distress. Using an online experimental design with multiple stimuli, four situational characteristics were tested. Results showed that citizens (N=100) generally adopted a situational ethics rationale rather than an absolutist or utilitarian rationale. These findings substantiate an earlier study showing that readers do not universally condemn photojournalists who perform their professional duty instead of assisting persons in distress. However, readers would not object to photojournalists pursuing different actions according to specific situational circumstances.
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