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Oh snap! News photographers protest Chicago layoff

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Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist and former member of The Chicago Sun Times photo staff John White, right, is interviewed Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Chicago, during a protest in opposition the the Sun Times Media Group laying off 28 full time photographers. About 100 people picketed outside the newspaper's headquarters, chanting and carrying signs that read "Save the photogs" and "The Sun-Times is out of focus."

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Pioneer Press reporter Kathy Routliffe joins other demonstrators including union members, reporters, and photographers march outside the offices of the Chicago Sun-Times protesting the newspapers decision to eliminate its 28-member photography staff on June 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The newspaper chain plans to train their reporters to take pictures with iPhones to fill the void.

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Former Chicago Sun-Times photographers Pulitzer Prize winner John White (L) Tom Cruz (C), and Scott Stewart greet each other during a demonstration outside the offices of the Sun-Times on June 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

The Chicago Sun-Times laid off dozens of photographers last week, intending for reporters to shoot pictures with their phones, and for freelancers to produce video. Among the laid off photojournalists was Pulitzer Prize winner John H. White, who was quoted in the Columbia Journalism Review on the subject of iPhones serving as his replacement:

“I don’t think it’s the right tool,” White said. “You don’t go into surgery with a tool that could do a little bit of everything.”

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