Photojournalists vs. iPhones

  • Aired:  06/05/13
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The Chicago Sun-Times lays off its entire photography department and requires its reporters to learn iPhone camera basics. (2:54)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

FOLKS, IF YOU WATCH THIS SHOW

YOU KNOW I DON'T LIKE

NEWSPAPERS.

THAT'S WHY I DON'T SUBSCRIBE TO

ANY.

IF I HAVE TO KILL A SPIDER, I

USE A ROLLED-UP I-PAD.

BUT I'VE GOT TO HAND IT TO THE

CHICAGO SUN TIMES, A PAPER

RENOWN FOR USUALLY BEING

AVAILABLE FROM THE TRIB IS SOLD

OUT.

THEY HAVE MANAGED TO CUT COSTS

WITHOUT LAYING A BUNCH OF PEOPLE

OFF FROM EVERY DEPARTMENT.

EVERYBODY FROM ONE DEPARTMENT.

>> THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES IS

LAYING OFF ITS ENTIRE STAFF OF

PHOTOGRAPHERS.

>> THEY AVE LAID OFF AS MANY AS

30 PEOPLE IN THEIR PHOTOGRAPHIC

TEAM THERE.

>> Stephen: YES, THE ENTIRE

PHOTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT WAS LAID

OFF OR, ASSTHE SUN TIMES

REPORTED IT, PHOTO NOT

AVAILABLE.

BUT THE PAPER WILL CONTINUE TO

HAVE GREAA PHOTOJOURNALISM

BECAUSE REPORTERS ARE NOW

REQUIRED TO LEARN I-PHONE

PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS.

BUT ONLY THE BASICS LIKE

PRESSING THE BUTTON.

IF THE SUN TIMES IS STILL AROUND

IN A WEEK, THE REPORTERS CAN

MOVE ON TO THE ADVANCED STUFF

LIKE USING THE FLASH AND ASKING

FLOOD VICTIMS TO SAY CHEESE.

OF COURSE THERE ARE THOSE WHO

THINK FIRING PHOTO JOURNALISTS

IN FAVOR OF I-PHONES IS A BAD

IDEA.

FOR EXAMPLE, FIRED

PHOTOJOURNALIST AND PULITZER

PRIZE WINNER JOHN H. WHITE WHO

CLAIMS IT'S NOT POSSIBLE TO HAVE

REPORTERS REPLACE PHOTOGRAPHERS.

>> YOU CAN'T TAKE SOMEONE WHO

FILLSSPRESCRIPTION BOTTLES AND

HAVE THEM DO YOUR HEART SURGERY.

>> Stephen: YES, YOU CAN.

IF A PHARMACIST CAN OPEN ONE OF

THOSE TRIAL-PROOF CAPS OPENING

UP A CHEST CAVITY SHOULD BE A

BREEZE.

IT'S THE SAME MOTION.

YOU JUST PUSH DOWN AND TURN THE

NIPPLES.

BESIDES, YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER TO TAKE A

GREAT PICTURE ANYMORE.

JUST TAKE A CRAPPY PICTURES AND

THEN APPLY INSTAGRAM'S PULITZER

PRIZE-WINNING FILTER AND VOILA.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

I JUST WISH ALL OF OUR ICONIC

NEWS IMAGEE HAD BEEN TAKEN WITH

AN I-PHONE.

IMAGINE THII HISTORIC PHOTO OF

THE HINDENBURG.

-pYOLO THE HUMANITY.

PPUS TRAINED PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE

LIMITED TO PRINTING WHAT THEY'VE

ACTUALLY TAKEN PICTURES OF.

BUT I-PHONE PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM

FUN APPs THAT LET YOU MODIFY

YOUR PHOTOS WITH COSTUMES, PROPS

AND GOOGLY EYES.

INSTANTLY SHE'S GONE FROM

HEART-BREAKING OKIE TO OAKY

DOAKY.

WE'LL BE RIGHT