The Chicago Sun-Times, a newspaper based in the US, has 28 photographers. Well, not anymore. It has fired its photographers and replaced them with iPhones (for more on the iPhone 5 click here).
Robert Feder, journalist and former employee of the Chicago Sun-Times has posted a memo by Craig Newman, managing editor of the newspaper, on Facebook (to read the full memo click here).
It reads, “In the coming days and weeks, we'll be working with all editorial employees to train and outfit you as much as possible to produce the content we need.
“These sessions will be mandatory and will concentrate on several areas”
The Chicago Sun-Times said in a statement, “The Sun-Times business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements.
“The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.”
The Chicago Newspaper Guild, a newspaper union, is outraged by the move. Craig Rosenbaum, executive director of the union, said to Chicago Business, “We will be looking into all of our options, legal and nonlegal.”
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