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.
Originally Posted by Diapositivo
"Foreseeable progress" has just been stopped in its tracks. In Australia, Google Glasses have been banned in all casinos, courts, and university testing areas.
Paper version is still better than the digital version.
"Photography, like surfing, is an infinite process, a constantly evolving exploration of life."
Originally Posted by vpwphoto
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.
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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.
Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.
Maybe they should have considered firing all the reporters and giving the photographers notepads, pens, and audio recorders and said, "go to it!"
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!
* 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
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.
that would be great david,
Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
but i think it is a lot harder to write a "good article"
than take a 'fair photograph"