Becoming a World News US Association Member; Professional independent and amateur photographers, photojournalists, journalists or writers can join. It could be an important step in your Photographer’s or Journalist’s career.
These credentials are for WNUS members only and are not issued for use by any other person(s). Failure to complete with all of the ID application requirements will result in the rejection of your application. Misrepresenting yourself as an WNUS member in good standing when in fact you are not may result in legal action against you.
When covering an event do not interfere with other news personal, photographers, event personnel or attendees. When covering spot news situations be aware of police and fire lines along with local protocol/procedures/guidelines for covering such events. Do not interfere with emergency personnel. Act professionally and adhere to the WNUS Code of Ethics.
Any notice to the WNUS of unprofessional or unethical behavior by a memberscould result in disciplinary action up to and including the loss of membership.
Before you are granted an ID you must reaffirm your pledge to uphold the WNUS Code of Ethics
World News US Code of Ethics
Journalists, photographers and those who manage visual news productions are accountable for upholding the following standards in their daily work:
- Be accurate and comprehensive in the representation of information and subjects.
- Resist being manipulated by staged photo or news opportunities.
- Be complete and provide context when photographing or recording subjects. Avoid stereotyping individuals and groups. Recognize and work to avoid presenting one’s own biases in the work.
- Treat all subjects with respect and dignity. Give special consideration to vulnerable subjects and compassion to victims of crime or tragedy. Intrude on private moments of grief only when the public has an overriding and justifiable need to see.
- While writing or photographing subjects do not intentionally contribute to, alter, or seek to alter or influence events.
- Editing should maintain the integrity of the information and photographic images’ content and context.
- Do not manipulate images or add or alter sound in any way that can mislead viewers or misrepresent subjects.
- Strive for total and unrestricted access to subjects and events as provided for in the Constitution.
- Seek a diversity of viewpoints, and work to show also unpopular or unnoticed points of view.
- You should continue to study and learn your craft, then maintain the ethics that guide it.