Posts Tagged ‘newspaper’

Guardian Writer Says Newspaper Photogs are Like 19th Century Weavers, Redundant

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Yesterday we featured a far too common headline that went something like “*insert newspaper here* fires all photographers.” This time, it was an entire chain of local UK papers, and like the Chicago Sun Times before it, the chain is planning to replace these pros with freelancers, submitted photos and reporters with smartphones.

These kinds of headlines and stories make us sad, because we believe that the newspapers are making a grave mistake in undervaluing photography and the professionals who call it their vocation, but one Guardian writer has caused an uproar by holding to the exact opposite opinion. Read more…

UK Newspaper Chain Follows in Sun Times Footsteps, Shutters All Photographer Jobs

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Britons tend to take their newspapers a bit more seriously than Yanks, but that hasn’t stopped a newspaper chain there from Chicago Sun-Timesing (yes, we verbed it!) its way to ignominy by firing its entire photography staff. Read more…

French Newspaper Photographer Gravely Wounded in Gunman’s Rampage

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A photographer at French newspaper Libération is currently fighting for his life after being shot Monday as part of a gunman’s extended rampage through the French capital of Paris. Read more…

French Paper Publishes Photo-less Issue to Stress the Importance of Photojournalism

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French newspaper Libération is about to score huge brownie points with photographers the world over. At a time when newspaper photography jobs are disappearing and some newspapers are replacing professional photojournalists with iPhone toting writers, Libération is removed all photos from one of its issue as a show of support for photographers. Read more…

Almost Half of All Newspaper Photographer Jobs Have Disappeared, Census Finds

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If you’ve been paying attention to the professional photography industry, you no doubt understand that times are tough and likely to continue getting tougher for newspaper photographers. Read more…

Newspaper Chain in Georgia Shutters Its Photo Department, Lays Off Photogs

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Less than two months after the Chicago Sun-Times closed up its photo department and disbanded its staff photography team, a newspaper chain in Georgia has done the same.

Southern Community Newspapers Inc. (SCNI), a chain of seven Georgian newspapers (five dailies and two weeklies), is completely shutting down its photo department and putting photo-making responsibilities in the hands of its reporters.
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Photojournalist May Have Captured His Own Death on Camera in Egypt

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A photographer for an Egyptian newspaper, shot while covering political protests Monday, appears to have captured his own death on camera.
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Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times Covers After the Stanley Cup Finals

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After the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire staff of photographers at the end of last month, the newspaper’s editor sent out a memo stating that employees would be trained in using their smartphones to contribute photography (“iPhone photography basics,” it was called).

We may be starting to see the negative effects of having an army of staff iPhoneographers rather than photojournalists. The side-by-side comparison above shows what the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times newspaper covers looked like on June 26th, 2013, two days after the Stanley Cup finals.
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Reno Newspaper Photographer Cleared of Charges After Covering Fire

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Prosecutors in Reno, Nevada, have dropped charges against a newspaper photographer arrested and injured while trying to cover a house fire last year.

Tim Dunn, photo director at the Reno Gazette-Journal was taking photos and video at a four-alarm fire on June 18. 2012, when Washoe Count Sheriff’s deputies told him to clear out. Dunn says the deputies then shoved him to ground and pushed his face into the gravel. He later showed facial injuries he said were caused by the rough treatment.
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‘Bag Men’ Pictured on Front Page of NY Post File Defamation Lawsuit

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In an all-too-clear display of how journalistic carelessness can lead to big legal troubles, the two ”Bag Men” who were shown on the front page of the New York Post following the Boston Marathon bombings have filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper on Wednesday of this week. Read more…