Chicago Sun-Times axes all staff photographers, offers reporters ‘iPhoneography training’
The Chicago Sun-Times, one of the oldest daily newspapers in America, fired its entire pool of 28 photographers on Friday, and plans to source future graphics from reporters who will be trained to capture print-worthy images with their iPhones.
First reported by former Sun-Times columnist Robert Feder on Facebook (via Cult of Mac), the publication plans to give reporters mandatory training in “iPhone photography basics” as a replacement for the outgoing photographers. One of the fired photographers is Pulitzer Prize winner John H. White.
With smartphones, or camera-toting feature phones, being nearly ubiquitous, an increasing number of news outlets are turning to the pubic for immediate “on the scene” shots. For example, when a tornado ripped through Moore, Okla. on May 20, initial news coverage relied on photos from residents and storm chasers posting images to various social media sites
This is clearly a paradigm shift in the News Media Industry.
- News print goes away for on-line news
- Photographers go away for reporters using iPhones
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