U.K. newspapers decide photographers aren't necessary

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Johnston Press' newspapers in England's Midlands region will no longer have photographers, Helen Lambourne reports. A source tells Lambourne "the papers would instead rely on freelance photographers, along with increasing use of submitted pictures from readers and reporters taking photos on their phones."



In The Guardian, Roy Greenslade says concerns about quality probably won't be relevant "at local weekly newspaper level."

No event occurs - fires, fetes, road accidents, cats up trees, whatever - without someone being on hand to snap a picture. In the real sense of the word, newspaper photographers are therefore redundant.

Photographers "must surely recognise that their fate is due to a combination of the digital revolution and newspaper economics," Greenslade writes. "It does make sense."



Johnston Press owns newspapers throughout the U.K. Greenslade says he's heard reports that the company plans a similar move in Scotland. In 2012, Johnston Press eliminated the role of editor-in-chief at Edinburgh's The Scotsman, saying it wanted to create a "flatter, more efficient management structure." The company recently hired Jeff Moriarty from the Boston Globe in a top digital role.



Previously: Chicago Sun-Times lays off its photo staff

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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