On Thursday, May 30, the American newspaper The Chicago Sun-Times laid off all of its photographers, 28 in total, saying that the paper needed to restructure the way it manages its multimedia network. From now on, photographs that appear in the paper will be taken by the journalists themselves instead of trained photographers, who will only be used to cover major events. Emphasis will be placed on online video content and the many possibilities offered by modern technology. This development is only the latest step towards an uncertain future for photojournalists.
“The Sun-Times business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements. The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.”