Monday, June 10, 2013

Chicago Sun-Times lays off photographers. What it means for journalism (and journalists).

In yet another sign that traditional journalism is undergoing tremendous change, the Chicago Sun-Times recently laid off all of their photographers.  That move has drawn multiple protests from people who want quality journalism.  Especially in a city as big as Chicago.

But let's briefly look at the impact of the layoffs, beyond the layoffs themselves.  For journalism, the Sun-Times layoffs is a sign that traditional still photographers may not be needed in an age of digital media.  If you're an aspiring journalist, just simply writing won't cut it anymore, as learning photographic and video skills are a must.

And as for the photographers themselves?  They face an uncertain future, as they ponder whether or not to stay in journalism, use those skills elsewhere, or even consider an entirely different career.  It'll be interesting to see how things turn out in the coming weeks, months, and even years.

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