Chicago Sun-Times fires its photography staff, will train reporters on using the Apple iPhone for pictures

Chicago Sun-Times fires its photography staff, will train reporters on using the Apple iPhone for pictures
It is no surprise that Americans don't turn to the newspaper to get informed anymore. It started in the 1960's with network news coming into your home every evening. The next hit to the daily paper came from the internet, and now most people get their information from smartphone and tablet apps. Most papers in the U.S. are on borrowed time.

Take the Chicago Sun-Times. The paper, once a thriving big city operation, has just fired its whole photography staff. The paper is going to go with pictures "from the field" meaning that it will immediately train reporters on "iPhone photography basics" and reporters will now be responsible for taking pictures for their own stories.

The bigger issue here is that a major U.S. metropolitan paper is telling the professional photographers that it fired that their job could be done by someone without experience as long as they have an Apple iPhone to capture an image. Just giving someone an iPhone doesn't make them a professional photographer although Apple feeds on that image as seen with with its latest camera-centric ad.

But there is another possibility here. The paper was negotiating with the photographers' union and now that they canned the whole bunch, the paper could decide to hire back some of the photographers on a part time basis without healthcare or other benefits and in essence, breaking the union.

How many years does the newspaper industry have until we bury it completely? 


source: electronista

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130 Comments

1. kozza3

Posts: 776; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Duh, everyone knows that an iPhone will take the most amazing picture ever and anyone can take the most amazing picture using an iPhone

14. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

* sarcasm filter processing... processing... processing.. analysis complete* phone means jack someone who knows what they are doing could make a good news pic 1.3mp camera from a flip phone.

66. AngryAppleCustomer.

Posts: 30; Member since: May 01, 2013

Someone doesnt know facts from stupid claims. Apple has the best camera. Period.

77. metalpoet unregistered

Your an imbecile! Im no professional photographer but even I know that an actual professional camera will do much better shots than a smartphone, although it wont be like that for long. For a big well known Newspaper company to fire its professional photographers who have all had training doing something they love and have their lives to is seriously sickening. Im all for the evolution of technology but this is mad! Now some punk ass spoiled rotten kid will have an undeserved job because he/she has a f***ing iPhone. Wow we Americans are a bunch of retards!

32. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

please Iphone/Android cant take GOOD PICTURES AS THE CANON MARK III, II. or the NIKON D7100 If i was a reporter i would be using DSRL camera not some small camera on my Phone.

50. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Agreed! There's so much difference in taking casual shots through the phone and using a dedicated DSLR camera for professional purpose. Being a journalist, using lesser means should not be accepted, i don't care if it's Nokia, Samsung, Sony or Apple.

56. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

Yes, there is a difference, but the people watching the news on their low resolution is not going to see the difference one bit. So the point of having DSLR is moot.

65. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

If journalists clicked images keeping in mind that it's only for viewers who won't give a damn about the size and clarity, there's no point in photographers using DSLRs for photo-shoots either. According to you, a 5 megapixel camera is good enough is it will fit a full page magazine spread. There's something behind you see, people who love their job do it with passion, and there are those who do it just for the sake of doing it. There will be audiences watching bits of news in a low resolution, hell, some won't even bother looking at it, but there's a reason behind using dedicated cameras. It is their job to use DSLRs for their designation. While i won't argue about taking impromptu shots with mobile cameras, i will discourage using mobile cameras as a substitute for a DSLR on an assigned duty.

78. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Not 5, but 8 megapixel's good enough.

87. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Once again, 'according to him' 5 megapixel is enough.

39. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 196; Member since: May 03, 2012

Idiots should have waited for the nokia lumia EOS :)

79. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

I don't think they would want to carry bricks with them. :)

55. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Seriously, this is one of the most embarrassing things ever happened to journalism...

80. metalpoet unregistered

The age of creativity is dead, pre pare to be dominated to an addicition to technology. And apple is elading the charge to turning everybody into a mindless armies all doing the same thing, most likely have serial numbers tattooed on our foreheads.

99. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bro I want some of what you're smoking, but my job drug tests lol. Just kidding, tech is addicting.

67. ticktockclock

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

wow an idiot..hopefully your not.and just being sarcastic.

105. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

86. metalpoet unregistered

Apple paid them to do this i f***ing promise it! Either that or some douche at the Chicago sun times has stock in apple!

100. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think droiddoes PhoneArenaUser and gmr1 paid them.

129. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

? How many people that made comments on this article, actually brought a newspaper in the last week. I looked at the photos in my local Sunday paper, there is no need for professional photographers at this point. Buy a paper and look at the photos from local stories. There were no night photos. It's not like newspaper print dozens of night photos anyway. If you can read, this is about breaking that union and controlling cost. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid fandroids.

130. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I guess 'taking picture" is waht journalism should be all about then?

2. Gawain

Posts: 429; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

At the rate Chicagoans are gunning themselves down, the Tribune won't have much of a readership in the future anyway. Plus, given how poorly the city schools are teaching kids, the paper would've been better off with keeping the photographers and ditching the reporters since literacy is spiraling downward. Some pictures can tell the story without any words at all.

3. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

This is a disgrace for journalism in general, what in the world are they thinking ??

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why don't you explain how it's a disgrace.

68. ticktockclock

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

how do you explain yourself?Please do ok?Obviosly your such an apple flamer..and know absolutely nothing?how the hell are able to comment?

82. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Look at yourself first. Calling people 'morons' and 'idiots' who are in favor of iPhoneography. Lmao, why are you crying? tick tock kiss my a$$.

94. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That dudes post made no sense at all. I answered as best I can though quad.

93. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude what sense did that comment even make. I simply asked him to explain his thoughts. "How do you explain yourself?Please do ok?Obviously your such an apple flamer..and know absolutely nothing?how the hell are able to comment" what the heck does that even mean lol? Wowwww!!! How do I explain myself? I'm a procreation of my parents. Obviously I'm an apple flamer? I've also been critical of apple, and always seek to not be part of a flame war. And know absolutely nothing? 2+2=4 How am I able to comment? By post comment, typing said comment, then posting said comment.

106. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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