“Let the reporters do their own photography with their iPhones for our nationally acclaimed newspaper!” said no person ever, until recently.
So apparently the Chicago Sun-Times has laid off their entire photography staff, resorting to freelancers and their own reporters. I can see this becoming the norm over time. It’s a huge wake up call that you no longer can rely on just one area of expertise.
This really takes me back to college when the “Visual Media” major was introduced over at RIT — when it was the first time it clicked in my brain that having a varied background rather than focusing on one thing intensely wasn’t such a bad idea. I received small doses of design classes, dabbling in Illustrator and In-Design and delving into business management and marketing classes; while at the same time studying photography. I can’t vouch having amazing photo skills, but I feel well-rounded enough in my education to wear many different hats.
To think of those in college today graduating with a degree in journalism–I’m positive you’ll see a slew of bright individuals who are geared up to be web-savvy, photo-savvy, video-savvy, design-savvy on top of knowing how to write an article. This is the wave of the future my friends. Diversify your skills now.