Friday, May 31, 2013

Next Big Media Thing: No Fulltime Photographers

“I think I would read that to mean who’s shooting that video: the reporters. I think once again you may end up getting what you pay for.”

--Mickey Osterreicher, the general counsel at the National Press Photographers Association, on the Chicago Sun-Times' decision to lay off its entire photo staff in favor of "freelance photographers" here.

(The Newspaper Guild president responded to the layoff thusly: “As a union, we are deeply concerned about the workers who are losing good, family-wage jobs. As an organization of journalists, we are appalled that any newspaper would treat its photojournalists as expendable.”) The beat goes on and my profession continues to eat itself alive.


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