Chicago Sun-Times Eliminates Photo Staff

The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, and will instead rely on reporters and freelancers for pictures, according to a Chicago Tribune report. The lay-offs affect about 20 full-time staff.

In announcing the layoffs, the Sun-Times issued a statement saying its “business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We …are focused on bolstering our reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements….[A]s a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.”

The Chicago Newspaper Guild says it will take actions against the cuts, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. “We will be looking into all of our options, legal and non-legal,” guild executive director Craig Rosenbaum told Crain’s.

Over the past decade, newspapers around the country have drastically reduced staff, including photographers. Few papers rely entirely on freelancers for their photography, however.


5 Responses to “Chicago Sun-Times Eliminates Photo Staff”

  1. Brian Smith Says:

    Very sad news! That’s one of the newspaper staffs I really looked up to when I was in college…

  2. steve miller Says:

    Soon the Pulitzer for iPhone photojournalism will be given out.

  3. C. Lee Says:

    “business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news.”
    – So, where do they get this idea? On what information are they basing this excuse? Did they hire some consulting firm who gave them this idea? It is not that we have too many photographers; we have too much visual overload.

  4. George Says:

    It’s ridiculous!! How old is this Publisher?-16 with a pinterest account. It’s getting truly amazing how ridiculous it’s getting. Like a reporter is supposed to be a visual specialist.
    They are going to tell them to use their I-phones to take videos and hopefully some sort of in focus picture or image will be recorded.
    I wonder how long this paper is going to last??

  5. Jim Says:

    After 35 years of having a pile of pulp dropped on my front porch and spending the next hour plus going through it, I recently cancelled all but the Sunday paper. The quality of the daily has been reduced to a few wire service reports and 90% ads, so there is no reason to read it anymore. Like many businesses, times are changing and it is unfortunately time to reinvent the careers of those who are photo journalist. Imaging is not dead, it is just more dynamic. Become dynamic to evolve.