The American Journalism Review recently relaunched itself as a web-only publication, a major move for a major publication.
The central article on the newly launched site is a piece by Jackie Spinner titled “‘Identity Crisis’ in Photojournalism”. It’s a terrific piece that discusses the new trend of major print media outlets shedding photographers and having their writers taking photos and video for their reporting, often using smartphones. The journalists and photographers she interviewed for the article talk in depth about how this compromises the quality of both the photos and the writing.
Spinner was the editor for The Daily Egyptian, the campus newspaper for Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, when Eclectablog photographer (and my wife) Anne C.…