Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Entire Photo Staff, Goes All Freelance
In surprising news out of Illinois today, the Chicago Sun-Times has let go of all staff photographers and will be hiring only freelancers moving forward. The estimated 20 photographers found out about the move this morning.
The newspaper released a statement suggesting that video is becoming more important in news reporting. “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.”
Let’s hope this is not a trend. Sadly, I think it will be…
Via Chicago Tribune