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More trouble in the industry
Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 6:44 PM on 06.15.12
->> This might be one of the reasons the "SI Snapshots" has gone away.

http://thebiglead.com/index.php/2012/06/15/layoffs-are-coming-to-sports-ill.../
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 12:41 PM on 06.25.12
->> http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/sports-illustrated-outlines-l...

More details coming out...
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 1:55 PM on 06.25.12
->> Management declined to release the layoff plan??

While I can get them wanting to be proactive, some of this makes perfect sense from a corporate standpoint and not a bit of sense from a common sense standpoint...
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John Strohsacker, Photographer
Baltimore | MD | USA | Posted: 11:59 AM on 07.13.12
->> From Ad Week
Layoffs Could Start Today
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http://www.adweek.com/news/press/si-layoffs-could-start-today-141833

more info
http://www.nyguild.org/time-warner-news-details/items/spots-illustrated-ann...
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 7:20 PM on 07.13.12
->> And let Friday the 13th bad news continue:

The Los Angeles Daily Journal terminated its only two staff photographers today -- one in San Francisco and one in Los Angeles. The publication is a legal paper.

Their photography will come from freelancers and their staff reporters. Cameras have been ordered.

http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2012/07/daily_journal_lays_off_ph.php
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 10:40 PM on 07.14.12
->> Do any of these publications have more than a nodding acquaintance with long-term vision? They're losing readership because their product is not keeping up with expectations and technological and social changes. If firing photographers makes their publications better, I could understand. But all it does is slow down the spin around the drain for about five minutes. Surely there are executives with more creativity than buying another pad of pink slips.

--Mark
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 11:24 PM on 07.14.12
->> What I would like to know is what brand and model cameras have been ordered for the reporters to use? What type training they'll get. And what job and/or day rate the replacement freelancers will be paid and for what rights. If anyone finds out please update this thread.
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David Scott, Photographer
Portland | OR | US | Posted: 11:42 PM on 07.14.12
->> Local business journal here now has writers shooting photos. I cancelled my subscription because 1. I don't want to support them and 2. I really couldn't stand looking at the horrible images anymore.

A magazine from the Seattle area sent me an email offering me work. It is a "non-paying freelance internship".

A local college asked if I could beat the price of their current shooter who is working for $30/game.

That's all pretty messed up!!
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 10:11 PM on 07.15.12
->> Mark,
Let me suggest you get a copy of "Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction "by Barry Lynn. With your background in finance and business, this book will make it very clear why they are doing what they are doing.

Where's Teddy Roosevelt when we need him... and goodness knows, we need him now.

-M
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 10:52 PM on 07.15.12
->> "What I would like to know is what brand and model cameras have been ordered for the reporters to use?"

WTF? Is this going to be another Canon vs Nikon debate?
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 12:11 AM on 07.16.12
->> Jim...

No. A Walmart versus Costco one. Actually, I'm interested in knowing if the cameras will be pro, novice, prosumer or point and shoots.
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Sam Morris, Photographer
Henderson (Las Vegas) | NV | USA | Posted: 12:24 AM on 07.16.12
->> Doug, from experience it may likely be iPhones.
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Thomas Oed, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 1:34 AM on 07.16.12
->> While not entirely related to the topic at hand, I received a similar notice last Monday from from my 'day job' employer, one of the bog Fortune 500 technology companies.

They also sent 'Enhanced Early Retirement' offers out to lots of folks that qualified, and quite a few folks, including my own manager, several other managers and even a couple of department directors have decided to accept.

Apparently these weren't enough to satisfy the goal of an 8+% reduction in workforce, so a few of us also got hit with the layoff axe. : /

So, the point is, that while the state of journalism in general is still quite chaotic and declining, there's also the issue to the terrible overall economy that isn't making things any easier... for any of us.

Best of luck to all of us.... may those of you that still have jobs manage to keep them, and may those of us that don;t, find some work soon!
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