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Amateur Images and Global News

Modern technology has enabled anyone with a digital camera or cell phone to capture images of newsworthy events as they develop, and news organizations around the world increasingly depend on these amateur images for their coverage of unfolding events. However, with globalization facilitating wider circulation, critics have expressed strong concern over exactitude and objectivity. The first book on this topic, Amateur Images and Global News considers at length the ethical and professional issues that arise with the use of amateur images in the mainstream news media—as well as their role in producing knowledge and framing meanings of disasters in global and national contexts.

213 pages | 7 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2011

Culture Studies

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Table of Contents

      Kari Andén-Papadopoulos and Mervi Pantti

Part I: Histories
Chapter 1: Looking Back: Ethics and Aesthetics of Non-Professional Photography
      Karin Becker
Chapter 2: Amateur Photography in Wartime: Early Histories
      Stuart Allan
Chapter 3: The Eyewitness in the Age of Digital Transformation
      Mette Mortensen
Part II: Practices
Chapter 4: Amateur Images and Journalistic Authority
      Helle Sjøvaag
Chapter 5: Transparency and Trustworthiness: Strategies for Incorporating Amateur Photography into News Discourse
      Mervi Pantti and Kari Andén-Papadopoulos
Chapter 6: Pans and Zooms: The Quality of Amateur Video Covering a Breaking News Story
      Ray Niekamp
Chapter 7: ’You Will Die Next’: Killer Images and the Circulation of Moral Hierarchy
      Johanna Sumiala
Chapter 8: From Columbine to Kauhajoki: Amateur Videos as Acts of Terror
      Marguerite Moritz
Part III: Circulations
Chapter 9: Visual Blowback: Soldier Photography and the War in Iraq
      Liam Kennedy
Chapter 10: In Amateurs We Trust: Readers Assessing Non-Professional News Photographs
      Liina Puustinen and Janne Seppänen
Chapter 11: ’More Real and Less Packaged’: Audience Discourses on Amateur News Content and Their Effects on Journalism Practice
      Andy Williams, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen and Claire Wardle


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