Friday, December 02, 2011

CNN lay offs, Fukushima and other stories

Some interesting links found on twitter. In a shocking development hardly expected from a large news group, CNN has laid off photojournalists citing easy availability of small cameras with HD quality recordings and rise in citizen journalism. CNN runs a citizen journalism initiative called iReport. They have their logic, but it is bad news for photojournalists, whose trained eyes seem to be taken for granted. I mean I have a 16 megapixel aim and shoot with HD quality video recording, but I can't capture a photograph the way a photojournalist can. I can only do fluke, blind recording if I happen to be at the right time at the right place. That too has its value if I am shooting a tsunami coming in, but how can it ever replace the skills of my photojournalist friends. There were hundreds of people and journalists below those towers on 9/11, but the pictures that a James Nachtwey or Steve McCurry or  Thomas Hoepker shot stand out because they capture something that is beyond amateur eye. Read on

After 32 years in print, a newsroom veteran jumps to a digital-only job -- From Connecticut Newsroom

The latest IAEA status report on Fukushima Daiichi plant -- From

CNN lays off photojournalists citing increased camera availability   -- From

"People are tired of simple things. They want to be challenged," novelist Umberto Eco tells Stephen Moss of The Guardian in an interview.

                                          Umberto Eco
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