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.