We spend a lot of time talking about the ethics of photojournalists in the field and in front of the computer screen. Did they manipulate the scene? The image? But there’s a whole other layer of the journalism process where ethics come into play – the editing phase.
The decision of what to run should be based on looking at all of the available information. Does each individual piece fit into the larger story in a coherent, obvious way? Are any of the pieces you’re looking at unusual or abnormal? If so, you need to think very carefully about them and how to handle them.