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Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Its Photo Staff (Chicago Tribune)
The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, and plans to use freelance photographers and reporters to shoot photos and video going forward, the newspaper said. A total of 28 full-time staffers received the news Thursday morning at a meeting held at the Sun-Times offices in Chicago, according to sources familiar with the situation. Crain’s Chicago Business The Chicago Newspaper Guild, the union that represents the photographers, immediately said it would consider taking action against the company over the cuts. It’s in negotiations on a new contract for the reporters, photographers and other workers it represents. Before the cuts, it had about 150 members at the company. Gawker A photojournalist is a photojournalist, even in times when he maybe shouldn’t be. Which is why when Sun-Times photographer Al Podgorski discovered Thursday morning that his entire department was being wiped out, the first thing he did was reach for his camera to capture the moment. National Press Photographers Association The layoffs included Chicago photojournalism icon and Pulitzer Prize-winner John H. White. Rob Hart, a Sun-Times Media photojournalist at the suburban Pioneer Press and an adjunct faculty member at the Medill School of Journalism, was in the room Thursday morning with the entire staff when they were told of the layoffs. “Being in the room with John White when we got laid off was a highlight of my career,” Hart told News Photographer magazine. MediaJobsDaily Apparently the 10th largest circulating newspaper in the country plans to rely on freelancers and reporters using their smartphones.
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Yahoo! is adding four seasoned writers to its entertainment section. Will Leitch will write about film, Erin Carlson will cover celebrity news, Caryn Ganz will focus on music, and Lindsay Robertson will be all over boob tube reporting. From Variety.com:
“I wanted people who had original voice content you couldn’t get anywhere else,” said [Managing Editor Courtney Reimer], whose previous posts include MTV, VH1 and New York Magazine. “I was careful to make sure they would hit this voice.”
The four writers will be responsible for generating original content, full time, in the form of editorial pieces, commentary and even video. Reimer said they were hired partly for their popular and respected bylines in the industry.
A nice break from the online trend of hiring young, inexperienced writers that will work for slave wages. Boo-ya, Yahoo!