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    As a recovering newspaper reporter, I am saddened but not surprised by this.

    The Sun Times is basically just the first to go. Reporters are already expected to do so much at any paper these days, it's impossible for them to find time or energy to do bonafide, analytical, thoughtful and balanced reporting about anything below the surface. Traditional journalism is circling the drain. Fortunately, there are folks like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert cutting through the haze.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Diapositivo View Post
    I think the IPhone will soon be the past.

    With devices like a Google glass you can have a motion picture record videos in "subjective" POV and instantly send it to some server.
    You can give the glasses vocal instructions and you can record anything while having your hands engaged in something else.

    For instance you can systematically record all your driving. If and when a road accident happens you can easily have a video with the dynamics of the accident. Else you delete the record.

    You could actually do this all the time while walking. In a not distant future you can have your glasses record all your "life" and automatically discard all videos after let's say three days unless you want to keep something relevant.

    If the landing in Normandy (or wherever) had to happen in 2014 or so, literally thousands of subjective videos would be recorded, live with the enemy shooting at you. Thousands of Robert "Capas" taking pictures at the same time. Actually Google glasses would continue sending videos to the servers while the soldier has already died.

    I don't know how this foreseeable progress can be stopped, or if it is really so frightening to live on a planet where all your social interactions might be recorded on a video, all the quarrelling at condominium reunions, all the queries at school.

    Remember a camera now can be absolutely microscopic. Google glasses have a distinctive "screen" for feed-back from the device, but if you can do without feed-back, hiding a camera in glasses will be just very very easy. Or you can have it permanently installed in your car, bicycle, motorbike, or on your dog.

    I don't think that "fine art" photography will ever die but I do think that "reportage" photography will basically cease to exist in a few years.


    "Foreseeable progress" has just been stopped in its tracks. In Australia, Google Glasses have been banned in all casinos, courts, and university testing areas.
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    Paper version is still better than the digital version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vpwphoto View Post
    Some of the best photojournalism was done on film, distributed via primitive equipment like the old Harris AP scanners.

    Photojournalism has never been a high paying career. Usually just enough to live on and do what you love.

    $40 per assignment fee's are not worth my time- 10 assignments a week won't cover my cost in this cheap town I live in.

    IF I have bill-able assignments totaling a weekly average of $1000.... after expenses I still barely clear $30,000 a year.
    I'm 47... If citizen journalist get a fix for free or for $40 fine, I'll find a new thing to be passionate about.... and their passion will wane, and I understand the moneybags people don't care who does the job as long as there are people lining up to work for free or almost free.

    All I know is next time an organization like Bloomberg calls me I'm not working for $200. If someone else thinks working for a place called Bloomberg to "get their foot in the door, or build a portfolio" for $200 for exclusive rights, don't say I didn't try to tell you, you will be 47 and wondering why you tried.

    No disrespect to anyone, yes I am venting. I eat lunch once or twice a year with a 85+ year old WWII photographer, he see's his footage late at night on the Time-Life WWII video collection advert. ...poor guy can't get away for the horror... and Time Life is making the money on that too.

    It's not just newspapers... the "top shelf" area advert agency, stopped using people with $20,000 rigs and experience two decades high. A high school kid with a DSLR his dad bought him is the new go-to video production house in the area. It just bites what technology has done... I tried to warn this youngster not to get too excited because the kid he needs to worry about is likely in 6th grade......
    EXACTLY!
    im empty, good luck

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    in the 1990s newspapers were giving their reporters a p/s camera and having them take a photograph after they did the interview.
    that was the "first time" papers started to fire their photography staff.
    stories like this are old-news ( 20 year old news ) ..
    it is sad when it happens, and when it does you learn who was actually behind the camera
    ( through the grapevine, like the internet ) ,,,
    probably in a few years the pendulum will swing the other way, people will get bored with bad "newshound" video
    and they will hire a staff of photographers who have a clue.
    im empty, good luck

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    I don't know if this has been mentioned, but there's a rather good hashtag on Twitter at the moment: #iphonenewspics Well worth checking out.


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    Maybe they should have considered firing all the reporters and giving the photographers notepads, pens, and audio recorders and said, "go to it!"
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    Next time I need brain surgery* I think I'll hand the scalpel to the receptionist at the hospital front desk. I mean, she's really nice. Really cute, too. She seems to have much more free time than those overpaid brain surgeons. And, well, she's also a hospital employee just like they are, right?

    Besides, I heard she carves a mean Thanksgiving turkey!

    Ken

    * Don't go there...

    "They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you."

    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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    Being in the advertising business, and seeing how this is related, here is something ill share that hasn't really bubbled up to the top yet. Turns out that there are big problems with "new media" as an revenue stream. Click through ratios have been going south for some time, and conversions are in free fall. Everybody has figured out how to avoid the ads. Forced ad watching is very unsuccessful. The computer user is even more likely to click away than the old school TV watcher with a remote. Attention spans are dwindling. To someone invested in the model this just sounds contrarian, but the facts are starting to roll in. The Internet is many things, but by and large it isn't a place where advertising pays big dividends, and that is becoming more true every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    Maybe they should have considered firing all the reporters and giving the photographers notepads, pens, and audio recorders and said, "go to it!"
    that would be great david,
    but i think it is a lot harder to write a "good article"
    than take a 'fair photograph"
    im empty, good luck

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