Sorry to hear
Side note, need to fix title.....Sun Times not Trib, pls ask-a-mod for a title change
it's the cheap move. Hand the reporters cameras, have them do both jobs. Hire hungry freelancers when you need them, hell, some will probably pay to shoot for a newspaper. Can hardly blame them though, newspapers are on th endangered list. No doubt some will call it progress. Personally, I don't.
So let me get this straight...
They fired all of their full-time staff of still photographers (including a Pulitzer Prize winner*) because,
"...our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news."
"The company is also preparing to supplement its freelance staff with reporters to shoot more video and photos..."
I'm really sorry, but we didn't all just fall off the turnip truck. We all know what's going on here. We've all seen it before.
* "[John H.] White was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism in 1982 for his "consistently excellent work on a variety of subjects." He was selected as a photographer for the 1990 project Songs of My People. White has also won three National Headliner Awards, was the first photographer inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame, was awarded the Chicago Press Photographer Association's Photographer of the Year award five times, and, in 1999, received the Chicago Medal of Merit."
—John H. White (photojournalist), Wikipedia article
The statement from the Sun-Times is completely ridiculous--we're improving our service by firing all our skilled staff. They can save even more money by firing their executive staff--freelance douche bags are plentiful.
Wow, this is truly a load of BS. Boycott that paper!
My sermon on faith, technology and why we like photographs!? Please read... thanks.
Making a photograph 10 years ago took skill and faith.
Like a prayer the latent image vibrated in the atomic ether.
The latent image was formed by the peculiar particle or wave that travels at speed limit of the universe. A photon's ricochet off a baby's cheek then kissing a silver halide ion, changing its atomic vibration.
The latent image, that visual prayer, could hover in the netherworld for hours or decades until it was baptized in the alkaline waters rendering it an incarnate part of the physical world.
As a photographer or portrait maker, I often felt like a priest at a funeral mass.
I felt as if I were committing a person's incarnate image to "the ages".
One, two, perhaps a dozen exposures, or contemplations were made and committed to the atomic ether, the latent image, that visual prayer.
Perhaps I am waxing poetic?
I say I feel like Nik Wallenda must, being forced to use a safety net.
I used to render an entire families' celebration to the atomic ether.
I had faith, I had faith in the physics, the alkaline waters that after a couple nights' sleep I could resurrect the images back to the physical world. I was a magician, a wizard, great photographers were just that.
Someone pulled the curtain back, and rendered my darkened sanctuary obsolete, a curiosity of the past. Photons are now converted to digital representations, the transistor and binary programing though complex are now easy and magical in their near fretless use.
In our far off post apocalyptic future, I see a youngster picking up a shoe box of stuff. Discarding a hard-drive or using it as a hammer or mirror, then holding up a negative, slide or fading, but still all too real print, perhaps enshrining it, like we enshrine a cave painting or the relics of a saint.
I guess the fact that the video accomplishing that article started automatically whilst I was reading, sums up the whole situation...