Rebel TV: Students Take On Media Ethics

These five videos were made for Professor Howard Good’s Media Ethics class. In them, students dissect different ethical dilemmas in the media.

Death by Photography: A Kevin Carter Case Study

By Melissa Hernan, Eric Turner, Eric Karnis and Tiffany Riccio

Description: Four Media Ethics students take on the ethics case of Photojournalist Kevin Carter and his infamous and award winning photograph “Sudanese Girl.” We take a look at Carter’s life as well as taking his case through Garry Bryant’s Photojournalism Ethical Model. Finally, we come up with a decision on whether or not Carter was ethical in taking that heart wrenching photograph.

Angelina Jolie’s Carefully Orchestrated Image

By Lisa Burdzy and Nicole Moss

Description: Two Media Ethics students examine the power that Jolie wields over the media and the problems with checkbook journalism.

Controversial Photos: J Ross Baughman

By  Steven Casale, Samantha Henkin, Raizza Reyes and Alison Stevens

Description: This video was made for a Media Ethics class (taught by Howard Good) in the Spring 2008 semester at SUNY New Paltz. It explains the ethical controversies of the photos of J. Ross Baughman. He photographed extremely violent scenes involving torture and war.

Deception in Journalism: Jim West and the Spokesman-Review

By Katrina Kieltyka, Brittany O’Hara, Jovan Layne and Gina Marinelli

Description: For a group project for a media ethics class at SUNY New Paltz, four students examined the use of deception by the Spokesman-Review in exposing Spokane Mayor Jim West’s illegal practices.

Ethics of Newsmercials

By Ian Powell, Jamie Lambert, Dan Barry and Ashley Valenti

Description: A group project created for a Media Ethics class at SUNY New Paltz discussing the ethical ramifications of News-mercials.

Spring 2010 Media Ethics Class

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