The Chicago Sun-Times made a bold move. The publication laid off every member of its photography staff, according to the Chicago Tribune. In all, twenty full-time staff members were informed at a meeting that they were now jobless. The publication will only be working with freelance photographers in an effort to cut down costs.
Video is proving to be more influential that photography, according to a Sun-Times statement:
“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.”
Many publications are making similar moves to stay alive in the industry. However, working with freelancers isn't just a economic move. In hiring people all over, pictures have more diversity. But sadly layoffs in journalism are not uncommon lately.