Study Guide

1.Things to know for the test:

2. What is the difference between breaking photojournalist ethics and breaking the law?  breaking laws in photojournalism rules is that stop you from getting sued & breaking the law you will be put in jail

3. What are some of the scenarios we discussed? if you take a pic in a public setting is it breaking the law which it’s not

4. What are the four things a photojournalists can be sued for? copy infringement , invasion of privacy , obscenity , libel 


5. What is libel? occurs when someone is exposed to hatred, ridicule, or has his/her reputation damaged as a result of false information that has been published.

6. What can you do to make sure you are not sued for libel? 

Don’t use “humor” or words that have double meanings in cutlines
Don’t manipulate photographs to make them false

7. What is the best defense against libel? Publish only true photographs and cutlines!

8. What is invasion of privacy? taking pics of someone in they’re private area

9. When does a private citizen lose the right to privacy? someone that is consider public 

10. What is obscenity?

11. What is the LAPS test? literary, artistic, political, or scientific value? 

12. What is copyright? owning the rights to original idea

13. What should you do to avoid being sued for copyright infringement? don;t use work that are similar 

14. As a media representative, in which of these cases can you legally shoot a newsworthy event on private property? if it’s like a fire at the house and the police don;t tell you to leave 

15. If someone threatens to sue your paper for libel for a picture that damaged their reputation, what could you do to avoid it? Don’t manipulate photographs to make them false

16. If you wanted to pursue photojournalism in college, which school should you attend? universty of missouri 

17. Standards that professional photojournalists strive to follow are called…literary, artistic, political, or scientific

18. If you take pictures of someone in their home with a hidden camera, you can be sued for: invasion of privacy 

19. If you use a telephoto lens and photograph students drinking beer in their backyard, you could be sued for: intrusion

20. If you use a non-celebrity’s photo in an advertisement without their permission, you could be sued for: copyright infringement

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