One of the older daily newspapers in America, The Chicago Sun-Times, fired its entire pool of 28 photographers recently with the plans to source future graphics from reporters who will be trained to capture print-worthy images with their iPhones. Reported by former Sun-Times columnist Robert Feder on Facebook, the publication plans to give reporters mandatory training in “iPhone photography basics” as a replacement for the outgoing photographers.
With smartphones that include camera-toting features, an increasing number of news outlets are training to the public for immediate “on the scene” shots. An example of the situation would be the initial news coverage of the tornado in Oklahoma being covered with smartphone pictures being posted on various social media sites.
Feder’s Facebook page mentioned the following:
Sun-Times reporters begin mandatory training today on "iPhone photography basics" following elimination of the paper's entire photography staff. "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," managing editor Craig Newman tells staffers in a memo.
Source: Facebook via The New York Times