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An informed community's perception of the impact of digital technology on the credibility of news photography

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dc.contributor.author L`azaro AM en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:11:00Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:11:00Z
dc.date.created 1997 en
dc.date.submitted 2000 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/21917
dc.description.abstract South African photo journalists' perception of digital technology's impact on the credibility of news photographs is investigated in this study. Digital technology has the capabilities to produce manipulated photographs that appear realistic and credible. Credibility is dependent on a variety of factors including codes of realism and codes of production, which fit conventional codes of photographic representation. Manipulation is the act of deviating from accepted codes of photographic representation that may jeopardise the credibility of news photography. This thesis proposes a new theoretical framework that encompasses existing theories of semiotics, ideology, naturalism, realism and credibility. These theories underpin the definitions and discussion on manipulation and credibility. A descriptive survey is used which attempts to discover photo journalists' views towards credibility. This research draws on qualitative research methods using a largely qualitative questionnaire, which generates both qualitative and quantitative data. The questions are formulated around two case studies of digitally manipulated photographs. The trend and responses in the research data are connected and discussed. The findings of this study are discussed in terms of credibility, awareness of the digital changes, the reason for the changes, the role of a caption, deletion techniques and background changes. The empirical situation is analysed in relation to the theoretical discussions and this study'' theorisation of photographic representation. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Communication science en
dc.subject Cinema, Photography, Video en
dc.title An informed community's perception of the impact of digital technology on the credibility of news photography en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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