Originally Posted by SockRolid
Penny wise, pound foolish. You can tell reporters to take photos, but that doesn't make them photographers. ... Good photographers can anticipate the peak moment and capture it. Which requires talent *and* experience. Good luck with all that.
It's easy to blame the newspaper, but of course the real blame goes to US, who insist on consuming "free" news, and won't shell out a measly buck a week to pay for the reporting and photos.
Oh, you think a buck a week is going to be easy to collect? Tell that to all the public radio stations who are begging listeners to offer up a mere $50 a year for "membership". My local station recently had to fire its entire meteorology department.
The notion that internet sites can be sustainably supported by advertising seems to be proving false... the news is regurgitant, the photos are amateurish, the analysis is horse****, and eventually people will stop reading it entirely--thus the ad support will vanish. And society will be left with news reporting not much better than in the European dark ages. This leads to ignorance, and is exactly what the political and corporate titans want--an ignorant populace is so much easier to control than an enlightened one. We see it already, with the rise in religiosity.