The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photo staff.
The paper released the following statement, published on the Chicago Tribune‘s site:
“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.”
Sun-Times reporter Tina Sfondeles tweeted live as some of the photo staffers left the newsroom for the final time:
Ernie Torres, Sun-Times photographer and editor, had been at the Sun-Times for 40+ years.
— Tina Sfondeles (@TinaSfon) May 30, 2013
Just saw Tom Cruze, Sun-Times photographer for 34 years, walking out the doors for the last time.