When I wrote my article I had to follow the guidelines of the legal and ethical issues. There are many laws and issues and I had to follow all of them strictly.

Copyright- There could have been some issues with the copyright law when it came to using images for my double page spread. Because of the law in place which clearly says that you have to give some assets to the original owner. We have had to produce and shoot out own photos for the spread. However, it is for educational purposes and there would have been some flexibility because it isn’t intended on financial gain.

Defamation – I had to be careful when writing my article because when following the defamation law you cannot:

  • lower the person in the minds of right-thinking members of society, injures the person’s job reputation
  • causes a person to be shunned or avoided, and exposes a person to hatred or ridicule.

So when I was writing up quotes, they had to be the exact same words that the interviewee said.

Editors code – because I had to make the article suitable for people under the age of 18 there were some rules I had to follow which is covered by the editor’s code. I had to make sure that the material that I was producing wouldn’t physically, mentally or morally harm people who were under the age of 18 as this would be against the ethical code.