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Woman Found Shot - Jan. 29, 2007

PHOTO 1: Paramedics remove the woman to prepare her to be put onto the helicopter

PHOTO 2: Rescue crews place woman onto the helicopter for transport.

Monday Jan. 29, 2007- A woman was found in a driveway with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. She was taken by helicopter to UVA Hospital. At this time, her condition is unknown.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs

Trailer Fire In Verona - Jan. 27, 2007

PHOTO 1: A fire fighter takes a rest after fighting the blaze.

PHOTO 2 and 3: Fire fighters spray water into the trailer where the fire still raged, gutting the interior.

PHOTO 4: The fire crews bring hoses and other equipment to the side of the trailer.

PHOTO 5: Fire fighters battle the flames from the front

PHOTO 6: Flames visible inside the trailer.

Saturday Jan. 27, 2007: About 4 am a fire destroyed a trailer on Meade Park Cir. Verona.
The cause of the fire is as of yet unknown. Two people on the scene were being treated for injuries. When fire crews were first called to the scene they had word that there might be someone still in the trailer, but as of this time they are unsure.

Update: There where three people in the trailer at the time of the fire. Two of the people made it out with unknown injuries while the third was killed. The fire had also spread to two other trailers where the residents were able to escape without harm.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs

Passenger Thrown From Van on Cold Springs Rd - Jan. 26, 2007

LEFT: A fire fighter collects personal belongings that had been thrown from the van upon impact.

RIGHT: The van came to a rest against a telephone pole.

BOTTOM: GMC van with personal effects that were thrown from it.

Friday Jan. 26, 2007 at 9 pm: A GMC mini van with a driver and a passenger traveling on Cold Springs Rd. overturned ejecting the passenger who was not wearing a seat belt at the time. According to Trooper S.A Simmons of the Virginia State Police, the van had taken a turn too fast and the driver lost control. The driver was taken by ambulance to Augusta Medical Center. The passenger was flown by helicopter to UVA.

Photos/Story: Nathan Combs /The Photograph

NPPA Code of Ethics

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NPPA Code of Ethics

Photojournalists and those who manage visual news productions are accountable for upholding the following standards in their daily work:

  1. Be accurate and comprehensive in the representation of subjects.
  2. Resist being manipulated by staged photo opportunities.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. While photographing subjects do not intentionally contribute to, alter, or seek to alter or influence events.
  6. Editing should maintain the integrity of the photographic images' content and context. Do not manipulate images or add or alter sound in any way that can mislead viewers or misrepresent subjects.
  7. Do not pay sources or subjects or reward them materially for information or participation.
  8. Do not accept gifts, favors, or compensation from those who might seek to influence coverage.
  9. Do not intentionally sabotage the efforts of other journalists.

Ideally, photojournalists should:

  1. Strive to ensure that the public's business is conducted in public. Defend the rights of access for all journalists.
  2. Think proactively, as a student of psychology, sociology, politics and art to develop a unique vision and presentation. Work with a voracious appetite for current events and contemporary visual media.
  3. Strive for total and unrestricted access to subjects, recommend alternatives to shallow or rushed opportunities, seek a diversity of viewpoints, and work to show unpopular or unnoticed points of view.
  4. Avoid political, civic and business involvements or other employment that compromise or give the appearance of compromising one's own journalistic independence.
  5. Strive to be unobtrusive and humble in dealing with subjects.
  6. Respect the integrity of the photographic moment.
  7. Strive by example and influence to maintain the spirit and high standards expressed in this code. When confronted with situations in which the proper action is not clear, seek the counsel of those who exhibit the highest standards of the profession. Photojournalists should continuously study their craft and the ethics that guide it.