CNN Lays off Photojournalists in Favor of Citizen Journalism

December 1st, 2011


A huge percentage of Americans now walk around with a camera
in their pocket thanks to the popularity of cell phones.  Many of those phones even have decent
cameras – not amazing, but enough to get the job done.

Increasingly, as massive events like Occupy L.A. occur, it’s
citizens on the ground that are reporting the news through Twitter and
providing pictures of the event uploaded directly from their cell phones.  That  near-instant coverage means that by the time a professional
photographer can snap photos and upload them, plenty of people have already
beating them to the bunch.

CNN has taken this as a sign that it’s time to eliminate
some photojournalists from its roster. 
CNN laid off a total of 50 employees, though the amount of
photojournalists let go hasn’t been specified.

(via PetaPixel

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