The National Press Photographers Association reported Thursday that photographers at the Orlando Sentinel have been told they’ll have to reapply for their jobs, which will largely be “videocentric.”
Todd Stewart, the newspaper’s design, graphics and multimedia editor who is the senior manager responsible for supervising the photography department, told the shooters during a meeting on Monday that the new job definitions will center on video. The gathering was Stewart’s very first meeting with the photography staff.
Kenneth Irby, Poynter senior faculty for visual journalism and diversity, said by email that the move to have photographers reapply for jobs is a “continued devaluing of quality photographic reporting in American newsrooms.”
Photographers will find out March 10 if they still have jobs. The Sentinel hasn’t returned a request for comment.