I find it interesting--and sad--that the three photographers who took photos at the huge house fire in Old Southwest for the daily paper today have "courtesy of" by-lines, indicating they are "citizen journalists," not staff photographers. They just happened to be there.
The fire occurred a few blocks from the newspaper's offices. The large number of staff cuts reently, including all but three Roanoke-based photographers (one remains in the NRV, as well, but the photo chief lost her job).
Today's photos by Duane Howard, Jill Brooks and Jeff Loope were surprisingly credible, but I don't think a professional publication can count on that kind of luck as a rule.
It's just really, truly sad.