While camera manufacturers are raking in big bucks, photojournalists from CNN are getting handed their pink slips. Who knew that this would be one of the eventual consequences brought about because of the advancement and developments in digital photography?
It was reported that over 50 staffers from major news corporation CNN were laid off, and twenty percent of these folks happened to be photojournalists. In an email sent to staff members, Senior VP Jack Womack explained that the lay off was because of the accessibility of cameras and the growth of citizen journalism:
We also spent a great deal of time analyzing how we utilize and deploy photojournalists across all of our locations in the U.S. […] We looked at the impact of user-generated content and social media, CNN iReporters and of course our affiliate contributions in breaking news. Consumer and pro-sumer technologies are simpler and more accessible. Small cameras are now high broadcast quality. More of this technology is in the hands of more people. After completing this analysis, CNN determined that some photojournalists will be departing the company.
A fine example of citizen journalism? CNN’s iReport, which allows viewers from all over the world to send in photos and videos capturing the action as it happened. While it has become a valuable source of images, CNN has also been criticized for not compensating those who have sent in their photos to the program.