Chicago Sun-Times Starting Reporters On iPhone Photography Basics

Chicago Sun-Times Starting Reporters On iPhone Photography Basics

After a horrible decision to fire an entire photo staff on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times media writer Robert Feder, released a Facebook statement from a memo sent out by managing editor Craig Newman. It seems that in the next couple of days, editorial employees will be starting "iPhone Photography Basics."

To think that reporters are going to walk away from assignments with solid imagery (I assume they will be shooting videos as well) is ridiculous or better put, "good enough." It is one thing to try and do more with less, but training a reporter with a mobile phone camera is only going to water down an already image saturated field. Makes me wonder if the decision makers thought about training photographers to write instead of teaching writers to be photographers? Obviously not...



Sun-Times reporters begin mandatory training today on "iPhone photography basics" following elimination of the paper's entire photography staff. "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," managing editor Craig Newman tells staffers in a memo.

Via Poynter

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I hope they start getting two paycheck as well (writer and photographer).

In some cases they do get paid extra for producing both images and written word. I've done it for years, but on complex assignments or "big" stories it is really hard to do both well and do the topic justice.
iPhone photography is seriously handicapped with what photojournalists document regularly. The slow AF, lack of zoom, lack of image-stabilization, piss-poor low-light performance, and just looking overall unprofessional and obtrusive sticking a goddamn phone in someone's face shouldn't make this serious option.

You simply cannot do it all at once and do a quality job.

It's like texting while driving and listening to the radio. You'll have to [partially] ignore one or more of them to do something well.

They will not, typically it is considered being "Flexible within the ever changing demands of media." Next they will phase out any veteran higher paid writers who do not fall in line and can then hire newer staff at half the salary with more duties. The contracted staff will still be employed and get bonuses.

This is just disgusting. I hope they FAIL and FAIL HARD.

That's really quite terrible! It would be funny if it wasn't so sad!!

Well ... I guess the first step would be to gift the staff with a couple of go-to apps, starting with PureShot from No filtering, straightforward interface, and files are saved in TIFF format so an art director or somebody (if there still is one) can make them look decent in post-processing.

Thats a really big IF.

Since the feel photography requires no training will they also be hiring 8th graders as sports reporters?

sad sign of the times...corporations cut wages, eliminate benefits, cut hours and/or trim staffs and make existing staff work longer hours, lessen product quality, ship jobs overseas, sit on trillions in cash and don't reinvest into innovation and expansion, hide profits etc etc etc etc all in the name of an already artificially over-inflated bottom line so they can increase shareholder day & I kind of hope it arrives sooner than later, there will be no more room to pad the bottom line and the bubble will burst

it's sad to see this happening, but i feel that a lot of photographers could augment their value by shooting quality stills and video at the same time, like we do on every shoot: . it could save a lot of jobs and provide many new opportunities. :)

I was sure that this was a joke. I can't believe it, has the 1st of April come back already?


So? If this works what's the problem? Seems innovative, just because they don't hire Von wong photographers who studied hundreds of thousands of years in Paris doesn't mean this is wrong. It's real life people, get use to it, evolve or die!

yeah I bet your tune would change if it were your job.

this newspaper is not evolving its dying and on its last breath just like the rest of them. They are trying to save whatever they have...oh wait they don't have much!