Friday, July 18, 2008

Black Thursday: Save the Sun

"Dressed in black, nearly 200 people gathered outside The Baltimore Sun Thursday to protest 100 job cuts at the company. The rally was a show of force that will not affect the outcome of events to come, but that leaders hope demonstrated to the community what it is losing."

As a determined, motivated photojournalist and intern photographer at The Baltimore Sun, it's tragic to see the the damage Sam Zell is doing to the world of journalism, especially The Tribune Company as a whole.

Having grown up in Baltimore, reading and viewing the paper daily, and putting everything I have into becoming a staffed photojournalist somewhere in the world after college, I supported the cause by wearing a black polo shirt.

Catching the end of the rally after getting to The Sun following a morning assignment, I could do nothing but feel the heartbreak, sadness, anger, and array of mixed feelings of every reporter, editor, photographer, designer, and everyone else supporting the fight.

I could elaborate my personal views of all the turmoil Zell has caused, the state of the industry, alas I shouldn't.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Dave Hoffmann said...

Unfortunately print media -- newspaper, magazines and books are not able to compete in the digital world.

This is not just a Baltimore Sun issue.

Friday, July 18, 2008 4:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh...you don't actually think you are going to land a job as a photojournalist do you? People with real skills (i.e. reporters, editors, etc.) are getting fired. I'd be surprised if there are five newspapers in the country currently looking for staff photographers.

Monday, July 21, 2008 9:12:00 PM  
Blogger Patrick Smith said...

Hey Anonymous-
It wouldn't be the first time someone has said that to me, and I cannot blame you for rising the question.

But this is my dream profession and I won't let anything or anyone stop me from doing something I absolutely love and feel there is a strong need for.

Some may say journalists (or in this case photojournalists) aren't getting hired. Editors and reporters aren't getting hired. But with the changing ways, I feel there will always be a need for all of them, especially multimedia photojournalists.

There will always be a need for journalists. Whether they work for a newspaper, Microsoft or a wire service.

Monday, July 21, 2008 9:43:00 PM  

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