MMCC2110 – Narrative Journalism WEEK 2: ETHICS PART A – Ethics & The Falling Man When you are reporting you need to develop your own set of ethics You need to act according to a set of principles which should be a part of you The photographer doesn’t regret taking the photograph of ‘The Falling Man’ as he believes it is his job to record history regardless of what that history shows Journalism is all based on facts and you need to ensure you get the facts out there into the public eye “Reporting is the key to good journalism, and it makes no difference what kind of journalism you’re talking about” – Stephen Holmes, New York Times Reporting Reporting is based on: Really good research Finding out all the printed or online matter you can get to prepare yourself Immersing yourself in that subject Interviewing and talking to people Observing and reconstruction Participating The Falling Man Photograph by Richard Drew – published by Associated Press. (reproduced for educational purposed only regarding issues raised by the photo itself Story created by Tom Junod The photographer felt he was “manufacturing history” In this work, there is an obligation to remain truthful and honest to the underlying facts and emotional truths of a story No story is handed to you, you decide: What you research Who to interview What the story is Construct it
The Falling Man – Continued The rest of the photographs show the man falling desperately and inelegantly – trying to cling to the life he was losing This one has been chosen as it shows stillness – the arrow falling between and dividing two buildings He seems composed and in control When the photograph first ran, there were many complaints that the newspaper “exploited the man’s death, stripped him of his dignity, invaded his privacy, turned tragedy into leering pornography. Most letters of complained stated the obvious: that someone seeing the picture had to know who it was…” “In a nation of voyeurs, the desire to face the most disturbing aspects of our most disturbing day was somehow ascribed to voyeurism, as through the jumpers’ experience, instead of being central to the horror, was tangential to it, a sideshow best forgotten.” Approximately 1/6 people in the north tower were jumping Not a sideshow: central to what was going on, yet the American readers and public couldn’t face this fact “Dozens, scores, maybe hundreds of people died by leaping from a burning building, and we have somehow taken it upon ourselves to deem their deaths unworthy of witness – because we have somehow deemed the act of witness in this one regard, unworthy of us.” Is it voyeuristic to witness this?
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- Janet Malcolm, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Tom Junod, The Falling Man, Sigmund Freud Archives