Practices of manipulation by professional photojournalists
Booraem, Melissa Marie
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In 2002 the three awards given to Patrick Schneider, of The Charlotte Observer, in a photography contest by the National Press Photographers Association were revoked. Contest officials ruled that the editorial content of photos had been altered when portions of the photographs had been darkened digitally (Awards taken away, 2003). During the days of the darkroom, photographers were allowed to heavily dodge and burn photographs, but it appears that standards have changed with digital technology. The main question being addressed is: Have photojournalists with experience working for American newspapers become more cautious to preserve the content of a photograph with new digital technology than they were in the darkroom, in terms of the steps they take to prepare images for publication?