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Pulitzer-Winning Photojournalist Resigns Rather than Fire Half His Staff

Last friday, Dayton Daily News photo editor Larry Price received instructions to lay off half of his photo staff. Rather than follow through with the order, Price — a 35-year veteran photojournalist and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in photography — decided to sacrifice his own job instead, resigning from the post this past Monday. Ginger Christ of the Dayton BizBlog writes,

In his 35 years as a photojournalist [...], Price has seen the industry shrink, watched as newspapers cut their workforce and all but eliminated photography departments in efforts to consolidate and cut costs.

“I’ve watched this happen in newspapers year after year now. I’ve had many, many friends that have been affected, many stellar journalists,” Price said. “These people are my group. They’re my friends. They’re my colleagues. I’ve asked so much of them in the four years I’ve been here. Every time, they’ve stepped up to the plate and delivered. It wasn’t a decision I could make in good conscience.”

Price is also troubled by the fact that newspapers abandon photojournalistic quality when photos don’t help increase profits, saying, “the bottom line simply is not as important as what information can convey to people in helping them make decisions.”

(via DaytonBizBlog via The Click)


 
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  • 123

    Hero!

  • http://twitter.com/StyleQuotient Melo

    Damn straight!  Good for him. 

  • Mouring

    Sadly, I suspect in the end his ex-staff will be cut in half before the year is out.  Because you can’t really save half a staff of salary by one person leaving if you consider all the bennies they are required.

  • Mouring

    Sadly, I suspect in the end his ex-staff will be cut in half before the year is out.  Because you can’t really save half a staff of salary by one person leaving if you consider all the bennies they are required.

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    It’s a sad state of affairs.
    I work in the newspaper industry (as a typographer, not a photographer) and it is becoming increasingly popular to let the writers take the photos or just buy them off reuters/scanpix.

  • Timothy Sullivan

    Do people actually still read newspapers??!  I think most folks have come to the realization that newspapers have become political mouthpieces and nothing more…along with more internet use, this is probably the main reason the newspaper industry died long ago.  I haven’t purchased an actual newspaper in about a decade.  Personally, I would think if you’re still working for a newspaper, and don’t realize your days are numbered, you haven’t been paying attention.

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    It is rare to see people with something to lose, to stand up for their principles.  Bravo. 

    I only hope that the photojournalists out there are able to find a new way in which to practice their craft and make a living. There is no doubt that the previous paradigm is dead or dying. Those who cling to it are just going to experience a slow grueling death.

    Perhaps those with the will and vision will be able to create a new industry comprised of photojournalists, which will serve a new need.

    W.

  • BugoChem

    You must be in Japan, where they have good progressive laws about excessive wealth.  Here in ultra-right-wing-extreme-capitalist winnner-take-all-America, you can save some whole COMPANIES for a fraction of some people’s salaries, or even a small part of some INHERITANCES! 

  • BugoChem

    You must be in Japan, where they have good progressive laws about excessive wealth.  Here in ultra-right-wing-extreme-capitalist winnner-take-all-America, you can save some whole COMPANIES for a fraction of some people’s salaries, or even a small part of some INHERITANCES! 

  • Anonymous

    Sadly you are right. I still receive the local daily paper and find that it contains more and more ads. It’s like I’m subscribed to some sales flyers and paying a hefty price for it. 

  • Anonymous

    Sadly you are right. I still receive the local daily paper and find that it contains more and more ads. It’s like I’m subscribed to some sales flyers and paying a hefty price for it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=821223738 Masharno Wolfe

    Damn straight! Where I come from, the sole news company is pro-government. While I still do read hardcopy papers, most of my news comes from Twitter, haha.

  • Tiffany Atlanta

    My hat off to him. We need more people in the world like this.

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  • Ridgecity

    They will be fired, no doubts about it. He did the right thing, you simply can’t fire your friends as simple as that.