CNN lays off 50 staff members, claiming that pro-sumer technologies and social media have made some editing and photojournalism positions redundant. There seems to be a lot of this no-pay bullshit going around lately.

Read CNN senior VP Jack Womack’s email via The Hollywood Reporter below the video (below that you will find Harlan Ellison’s epic rant about these type of assholes):

“For the past three years, we have been analyzing our work process across Image + Sound, both in the field and in our editing and production areas.

Our goal has been to make sure we have the right resources in the right places to meet the demands of all of our programs. Technology investments in our newsrooms now allow more desk-top editing and publishing for broadcast and online. This evolution allows more people in more places to edit and publish than ever before. As a result of these technology and workflow changes, CNN is reducing the number of media editors in our work force in Atlanta. CNN Image + Sound will continue with high end craft editing that has positive impact on our networks and platforms.

We also spent a great deal of time analyzing how we utilize and deploy photojournalists across all of our locations in the U.S. We looked at the evolution of daytime and evening line-ups. We analyzed how stories are assigned and more importantly the ratio of stories assigned that actually make it on to our networks or platforms. We know that we have to sharpen our focus on stories assigned to ensure that this great work gets on air. We looked at production demands, down time, and international deployments. We looked at the impact of user-generated content and social media, CNN iReporters and of course our affiliate contributions in breaking news. Consumer and pro-sumer technologies are simpler and more accessible. Small cameras are now high broadcast quality. More of this technology is inthe hands of more people. After completing this analysis, CNN determined that some photojournalists will be departing the company.

We cannot begin to thank these individuals enough for their service to CNN. They leave with our respect and our sincere best wishes.

Now that we have completed this three-year review, we believe that we have the right resources in the right places and the proper staffing at Image + Sound, and that the unit is well-positioned to have an even more positive impact on our networks and platforms.

Jack”

Speaking of being redundant, I think we need to post this again:

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Chip Johansen
Chip Johansen

American has already accepted reality tv as a substitute for quality television programming so I guess amateur photojournalism is the next logical step. So much for excellence in anything any more.

Chuck Wells

Harlan is a treasure, and thank god he speaks his mind. I wish that I felt like his accurate reasoning could reach some of the infinite horde of drones who’ve already surrendered to an idiots mindset, but he’s probably got more chance of pissing successfully upstream than that.

Mark Atwood

The buyer of anything does not care what it costs to produce. He just cares what it costs to buy, in competition with all the other things he can spend his attention and treasure on. Producing “high quality photojournalism product” might be expensive, but if the lower quality stuff works just as well and costs an order of magnitude less, well, that sucks, but that’s where the dollars and the hours will get spent instead.

Martin

“Consumer and pro-sumer technologies are simpler and more accessible. Small cameras are now high broadcast quality. More of this technology is inthe hands of more people. After completing this analysis, CNN determined that some photojournalists will be departing the company.”

– Right, because all you need to take photojournalist images of news stories is a camera that shoots video. Don’t worry about all that other, non-essential stuff (skill, talent, hard work, professionalism, etc.).

Treavioli

Unless it’s for charity or your mom, anybody who works for free is an idiot.

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