Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Even more on the Sun-Times debacle

Jack Lail, a journalist I respect, has written a short missive on his blog about this debacle. I encourage you to read it:

Does the audience even need journalists -- or photojournalists?

He makes an obvious statement that I think can't be repeated enough: "There's a vast difference between between a profesisonal photojournalist and someone who takes pictures."

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sun-Times Follow Up

I'm recording an episode of the podcast Polarizing Images discussing this topic as I type this. However, I had to share this memo from the Sun-Times Managing Editor sent to the staff shortly after the Thursday layoffs:


From: Newman, Craig
Date: Thu, May 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM
Subject: photo and training for editorial employees

All, thank you for your patience and understanding after today's announcement.

In the coming days and weeks, we'll be working with all editorial employees to train and outfit you as much as possible to produce the content we need.

These sessions will be mandatory and will concentrate on several areas:

• iPhone photography basics
• Video and basic editing
• Transmission and social media

And other sessions as needed or requested. We will start training this Friday with two sessions - 11 a.m and 4 p.m. - concentrating on iPhone basics in the 9 West conference room. This blog post [URL and password deleted] will offer some tips and techniques to be covered. The blog itself will become a standing resource for documentation and discussion points.

We will focus on downtown employees for this first session, but will set up similar sessions next Friday for suburban employees - details TBA.

In the meantime, I welcome any questions on training and technique. Suggestions on topics, in particular, are definitely worthwhile. 

Thanks for your time.

I am speechless. Here's an expanded story from The Verge.