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    Chicago sun times gets rid of all photo staff

    A friend lost his job.

    Cell phone reporters now...

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    Re: Chicago sun times gets rid of all photo staff

    I am frequently ashamed to have retired from a long electrical engineering career. This is one of those times. It's "change," not "progress."

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    Re: Chicago sun times gets rid of all photo staff

    I was made redundant at age 58 after a 30 year automotive engine dynamometer testing career. I miss the roar of the grease...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sal Santamaura View Post
    I am frequently ashamed to have retired from a long electrical engineering career. This is one of those times. It's "change," not "progress."

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    Re: Chicago sun times gets rid of all photo staff

    More information about this here:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...,4361142.story

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    Re: Chicago sun times gets rid of all photo staff

    Quote Originally Posted by welly View Post
    It was twisting the knife to state, as the excuse for this action, that they need video more than still photos, and then decorate this story with video rather than writing.

    I, for one, nearly never view videos for news. It's too slow. I can read whole articles in the two minutes it takes to listen to people read their quotes to me, rather than reading them for myself. I'm sure there were quotes from photographers and from the "man on the street" in that video I did not watch, and it was lazy to throw in a video rather than editing those down and making some sense of them.

    So, the Trib is going to compete with television news now. Great.

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    Re: Chicago sun times gets rid of all photo staff

    Quote Originally Posted by rdenney View Post
    ...I, for one, nearly never view videos for news...
    For me, drop the "nearly." Even local rags have started thinking their on-line editions must include such time-wasting segments. I'll stop visiting those sites if real reporting is abandoned.

    Sal "thinking the masses want these shiny objects and 'news' companies won't miss Rick or me" Santamaura

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    Re: Chicago sun times gets rid of all photo staff

    Weegee is turning over in his grave.

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    Re: Chicago sun times gets rid of all photo staff

    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotah Jackson View Post
    None of the rest of the staff called for a strike or any action in support of the laid off photographers.

    They will pay for their cowardice when no one supports them as the paper moves to 'citizen journalists' in its quest for mediocrity.
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    Re: Chicago sun times gets rid of all photo staff

    Ugh. It's sad to watch the great old newspapers march their way straight to mediocrity. But, I guess our mere presence on this forum probably suggests we are not representative of the typical readership.

    The CT article page clearly illustrates what I hate about newspaper video so much - you get blasted with 15 seconds of LOUD commercial without being asked if you even wanted to watch the video in the first place. The other day I was linked to some interesting looking weather-related video by the Washington Post. I gave up after a few minutes after having to sit through 15 seconds of the exact same commercial multiple times just to watch a couple of 30 second snippets of video. TV commercials were bad enough, but this is ridiculous. I have better things to do with my time.

    I think this also clearly explains why they want more of that video content - it probably means more ad revenue.

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    I think this also clearly explains why they want more of that video content - it probably means more ad revenue.

    Chris[/QUOTE]

    You got it.

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