Stephen Colbert’s Take on CNN Layoffs and Citizen Journalism

CNN created quite a stir yesterday after laying off a dozen photojournalists due to the rise of citizen journalism and the availability of cameras. Here’s a humorous response to the story by Stephen Colbert, who gives us a glimpse into the “uncompensated future of news”.

Thanks for the tip, Eduardo!

  • John Milleker

    I never liked Colbert but he really hits the nail on the head. Sadly though, I bet they have people pouring into this iReport crap by the thousands.

    Everyone gives it away for ‘credit’, and they don’t even get that with iReport.

  • Attila Volgyi

    They may be getting some sort of credit but they are rather demoted to information sources and not the reporter finding the story. But the one I’ve talked is quite happy with this.

  • Radek Bajenski

    Video not available in the UK… ;-/

  • Tracy Hoots Hoexter

    This is the case with so many industries now. I’m a graphic designer, and no one wants to pay for design talent anymore. They ask designers to compete against each other to create a logo for free (or nearly nothing)… and the sad thing is that designers do it. It drives down the value of the work, and the quality.

  • Igogosh

    People will play with it and will go do something better with their lives. Just like those designers that work for free, eventually will go bankrupt because they nobody paid for their work. It’s only a matter of time. Those who paid good money to learn a trade or spent a lot of time to master something have to charge edequate money for their service or product

  • Dave

    What is REALLY sad is, CNN, a huge name in journalism, has been cultivating this free content for a long time (years?). As if new, inexperienced photographers giving away their work for their name in credits only isn’t damaging enough to the industry, this gigantic name in news isn’t making enough money that they would accept very substandard content in the name of a few bucks. This is happening in stock photography too. DON’T GIVE AWAY YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY. It (used to be) worth something.

  • Alan Dove

    Just wondering: how many of the folks who are raging against these cuts have been paying for their news during the past few years? I mean paying directly, not just glancing at ads on a web page and assuming that covers it. Newspapers are dying because people aren’t buying them anymore (and because Craigslist gutted their cash cow, the classified ads). TV and radio news are next, because they’re also available for free online. You can scream at “shortsighted management” all you like, but if there’s no money coming in, then there’s no way to pay professional news salaries.

    As a professional journalist and a frequent consumer of free news content, I understand that I’m part of my own problem. What I don’t understand is how to solve it. So far, bitching and moaning hasn’t worked. Any other ideas?

  • wideNCawake

    the masses should revolt and send in thousands of photo-shopped images just to mess up the iReport credibility