The Paparazzi Vs Professional Photo Journalists

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The paparazzi have been so much looked upon for interfering with people’s lives especially celebrities but, the world still has to know that there are more of the paparazzi than professional journalists. Everyone can choose to be paparazzi with this era of cameras but not everyone can choose to be a professional journalist because it requires a good level of education. The paparazzi have however, dominated the world with their wired ideas of following up people. But it is very important to know what prompts them to do this.
Paparazzo or paparazzi is an Italian word that describes photojournalists who are free lensed and do photography of celebrities, politicians, and famous ...view middle of the document...

According to the (NPPA Advocacy committee, 2012,) the so called photojournalists have tried to distinguish themselves from the “Tabloid Paparazzi” yet all these groups use still images taken by the same very people they distance themselves from. This leads to being despised by the public, or for the press to be undermined in general given the fact that professional journalists try to be more exclusive than the rest.
In regard to the above, (Mendelson,2007, 170 )the paparazzi can be thought of as investigative journalists attempting to uncover another “truth” of the celebrity which requires moving beyond the traditional conception to think of them as fitting with in a normative model of journalism.
He further argues that paparazzi differ from real journalists in their content celebrities rather than wars, politics, and social ills and their motivation. I agree with the author’s statement because it is of fact that most of the Paparazzi do not want to be allocated where to go and do their job of photography because their motive is not to practice journalism even though they are referred to as “Investigative journalists” they only work for financial benefits. Professional photo journalists on the other hand, work in war zones, politics, and most dangerous places that they could be assigned to go.

Professional photojournalists are also well composed in great focus, and direct to the point. To the paparazzi, composition is less important, since most of their images are out of focus, have poor composition, and are not well taken. In this way of taking photographs, they are viewed as having no ethics. They have overstepped the ethical boundary. (Mendelson, 2007, p.170)
Professionally skilled journalists work in public places. It is allowed for them to do news worthy photography of any event unlike the paparazzi who want to footprint. According to Mendelson‘s survey, though there are a few restrictions, at least 70% of the photojournalists are allowed to work in liberal environments yet the paparazzi are strongly restricted if unlimited, this means that photojournalists have more rights to do their job than their paparazzi counter parts.
According to (Random house Webster’scollege dictionary, 1991, p.1) the techniques of the paparazzi are criticized as invading the privacy rights of celebrities. This is because their work occurs in public places where their right to privacy is greatly limited. Professional photo journalists have their right to privacy; they have the rights entitled to any coverage which is contrary to the paparazzi.
Professional journalists with long term experience in both print and broadcast journalism still believe in themselves, are honest, and tell the truth through visual journalism. The paparazzi on the other hand do not believe in themselves and are good at manipulating celebrity images, are not honest, and do the job for personal gains mostly looking onto money.
In regard to the above statement, if critical analysis is done...


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