Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Cunningham, S.






Why is the issue of manipulative practices in photojournalism important and why should it be studied? It is important because photographs are powerful iconic mediums that play a vital informative role in our public and private lives. From photography's inception, the public has been encouraged to accept the premise that the photograph was an objective and truthful record. This expectation is an important reason why photographic alteration in news has always been an ethical issue. Our review of how photojournalists have attempted to understand photographic/image alterations and secure truthfulness in their work has led us to examine the history of photographic technology and its influence on news reportage (Chapter One); the evolution of ethical awareness in photojournalism (Chapter Two); the complex range of Digital Imaging (DI) technology and other techniques associated with image alteration (Chapter Three); and finally, the industry's views on photojournalism ethics and the appropriate use of photographic techniques in news representation (Chapter Four). (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Communication Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .H32. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0010. Adviser: Stanley Cunningham. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.