1 Jun 2013

Photography staff laid off by newspaper

11:01 am on 1 June 2013

The entire photography staff at the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper and its suburban subsidiaries has been laid off.

The paper will instead rely on reporters to shoot photos and video, with freelancers also filling in. The cuts affect as many as 30 people.

The BBC reports newspapers across the world are struggling with declining advertising and subscription revenues.

In a statement, the newspaper said:

"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.

"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."