[QODLink]
Listening Post

Is photojournalism dying?

A look at citizen-generated news imagery and the career-ending implications for professional photojournalists.

Last updated: 13 Jan 2014 08:12
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Newsrooms across the globe are shrinking, budgets are being slashed, jobs have grown scarce, and the hardest hit group in the industry, according to the Pew Research Center, are photojournalists.

Photography should really be seen as the entry point to a story. It provides a visual reference, it draws the reader into that story, and it can provide fantastic context to illustrate the story as a whole.

Fabrice Rousselot, editor, Liberation

The Washington-based think-tank conducted a study, concluding that in the US, the ranks of photographers and videographers have been almost cut in half over the last decade or so, from slightly more than 6,000 in 2000 to fewer than 3,500 last year.

Doomsayers are predicting the death of a profession; they are calling photojournalists a dying breed, soon to be replaced with newer, cheaper, omnipresent citizen journalists equipped with smart phones and a broadband connection.

Citizen-generated images are a better fit under current shoestring news budgets, but they can - in some cases - leave the news consumer looking at an inferior product.

Analysts say that there have been more photographs taken in the last two years than have ever existed in human history.

But with this plethora of imagery professional photography has been reduced in value. Especially since big news organisations are looking for ways to cut their costs.

Theoretically camera phones, in a digital Internet era mean that anyone can become a photojournalist.

But how does the theory work in practice?

The key for photojournalists is to find a way to harness the power of the internet instead of losing material and in some cases their jobs to it. If they manage to do that, then it is not the end of photojournalism, just the beginning of a new era.

The Listening Post’s Nic Muirhead reports on the digitally-driven crisis in photojournalism.

 
Listening Post can be seen each week at the following times GMT: Saturday: 0830, 1930; Sunday: 1430; Monday: 0430.  

Click here  for more  Listening Post  

383

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
Remnants of deadly demonstrations to be displayed in a new museum, a year after protests pushed president out of power.
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
join our mailing list