My resolution to write more blog posts has been stalled by holiday travel, ailing dads (both now better, thankfully) and a rotten head cold. Otherwise, this first of two entries about photo ethics might have appeared closer to the media storm that resulted when the New York Post ran a front-page photo of a man about to be hit and killed by a subway train.

The best time to talk about photo ethics is, of course, long before a newsroom faces such situations. With that in mind, I went back into my stockpile of lesson plans and found a two-parter on visual ethics. The first calls upon students to assess examples of ethically challenged images and then think about how they will update their publication’s ethics policy with respect to visuals. In the second, students use a real-life example to consider the balance between right to privacy and newsworthiness.

Download Picture Perfect Part 1. Part 2 is coming soon.