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Chicago Sun-Times lays off entire photo staff

By Kristen Butler, UPI.com
Chicago Sun-Times lays off entire photo staff
Chicago Sun-Times building. (CC/Mblumber)

The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, as about 20 full-time staffers were notified Thursday.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Sun-Times "plans to use freelancer going forward." But apparently not just photographers, but editors were also fired.

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The newspaper released a statement blaming the trend toward video content as the reason for letting its photographers go.

"The Sun-Times business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements. The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network."

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