The BPPA and The Leveson Inquiry in 34 minutes.

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Opinion, Paparazzi, Press Photography, The BPPA, The Leveson Inquiry by thebppa

Three submissions, a lot of reading and an awful lot of discussion came down to a 34 minute appearance at The Leveson Inquiry today (Tuesday 7th February) afternoon. Was it worth it? Right here, right now the answer has to be a truly resounding ‘YES’. Our case has been outlined before; we wanted to impress on the world that there

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The BPPA gets its say at The Leveson Inquiry

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Opinion, Photography, Press Photography, The BPPA, The Leveson Inquiry by thebppa

Here’s a date for your diary: Tuesday the 7th of February. “Why?” I hear you ask, well it is the day when The BPPA will finally get to appear before the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice & ethics of the press. In our main submission to Lord Justice Leveson’s Inquiry we proposed a four-pronged solution to the issues raised

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“We are the eyes of the public…”

in Press Photography by Eddie Mulholland

I’ve been to a mystical land! It’s a land where press photographers are loved and feted. They are considered professionals whose role is vital to the nation. They are not abused on the streets and the Head Of State, the President,  joins them for dinner when they have their annual awards ceremony, the winner of which is whisked away in

Eddie Mulholland“We are the eyes of the public…”

The BPPA’s second submission to the Leveson Inquiry

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Paparazzi, Press Photography, The BPPA, The Leveson Inquiry, Uncategorized by Neil Turner

When the Leveson Inquiry first opened we had little or no idea that press photographers would come in for so much criticism and abuse from the witnesses. At the association’s AGM in November we formed a plan to do what we could to counter this and put our side of the story. Shortly afterwards we sent an initial submission in

Neil TurnerThe BPPA’s second submission to the Leveson Inquiry

Education, education, education…

in Current Affairs, Journalism, Opinion, Photography, Press Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

Back in 1997 Tony Blair made his famous “education, education,education” speech. Well… he made at least three speeches where he used that line but that doesn’t stop it being an important landmark in British political history. Don’t worry, The BPPA isn’t going to get all party-political on you but we are very interested in education and we are currently looking

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Roy Greenslade’s article

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Former Daily Mirror Editor turned academic Roy Greenslade wrote a column for the London Evening Standard yesterday entitled “Editors must curbs excesses of stalkerazzi” and a lot of it made a lot of sense: He agreed that the majority of press photographers do behave ethically all of the time He said that “we have to rely on editors to stick

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“You paparazzi scum!”

in The Leveson Inquiry by Nick Stern

I’ve been a news photographer for nearly twenty years and during that time I’ve covered hundreds, if not thousands of stories that have appeared in tabloid newspapers and magazines around the world. I’m British and have been living and working in Los Angeles, USA for the past four and a half years. Like many news photographers out there my work consists of

Nick Stern“You paparazzi scum!”

The Social Media Photo Conundrum

in Journalism, Opinion, Photography, Press Photography by thebppa

So, fellow professionals… answer me this… why should The BPPA be faced with a blank screen when visitors try to look at the photos on our Facebook page?  The answer is, sadly, that there don’t seem to be any services out there who treat images with respect. If they aren’t stripping the metadata, they are selling your work. If they aren’t asking

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The BPPA AGM

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On Friday 25th of November The BPPA held its Annual General Meeting. These events are often a little dull – being mainly concerned with approving accounts, electing a few people to a few jobs and then having a few drinks. This year’s AGM was very different. Sure, we agreed our accounts and yes we re-appointed our various officers but we

The BPPA AGM