On 30 May, when arriving at work, Chicago Sun-Times 28 full-time staff photographers found out they did not work there anymore. The decision was unforseeable and immediately effective. One of the laid off staffers was John H. White, Pulitzer Prize winner for feature photography in 1982, praised for his “consistently excellent work on a variety of subjects.”
The newspaper released a statement revealing its plans of using only freelancing photographers, and suggesting that video becomes more important in news reporting than photography…
In the next couple of days, editorial employees were hurried up into taking an ‘iPhone Photography Basics’ class:
It looks that Chicago Sun-Times trades off professional photographers for iPhone dudes. There is no doubt which are the losses.