Chicago Sun-Times: Another troubled newspaper

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the Chicago Sun-Times and its sister suburban papers have eliminated their entire photography staff. As many as 30 employees will be affected. In an indicator of the increasing vulnerability of the print industry, as of last year — 2012 — the Sun-Times was the nation’s 10th largest newspaper in terms of circulation.

The newspaper reportedly plans to use freelancers going forward.

The Sun-Times cited an increasing demand for video and “other multimedia” as a reason behind the cuts. Media reporter Jim Romenesko used his blog to share the statement issued by the Sun-Times, which read:

The Sun-Times business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements. The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.”

Newspaper flat-lining is bad enough.  Steep declines are harbingers of the end. Check out the charts and graphs at Newspapers: By the Numbers for 2012. Over the past 20 years, dailies have shown a steady slide in paid circulation. Daily circulation, which stood at 62.3 million in 1990, plummeted to 43.4 million in 2010, a decline of 30%.

This type of reporting, as seen on the front page of the agenda-driven Arizona Republic could be the reason. In an article about a federal judge’s ruling prompting changes at the Maricopa County Sheriff ‘s Office, the words “the ramifications of last week’s landmark federal court decision,” rang out.

Since District Judge Murray Snow’s decision affects Arizona, and is appealable — as well as non-binding in other jurisdictions — the word “landmark” is an outrageous overreach. To put the description in perspective, here are some actual “landmark” cases. 

4 Responses to Chicago Sun-Times: Another troubled newspaper

  1. eubykdisop says:

    Speaking of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, how about this?

    “Recall effort against Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio fails”,0,7548060.story

    • eubykdisop says:

      Not only did the Arpaio recall fail, but the lawsuit against those who initiated the recall, in violation of the Arizona Constitution, is still going to court!

      “Trial Will Examine Whether Arpaio Recall Effort Illegal”

      “by AWR Hawkins 31 May 2013”

      “An Arizona citizens group will litigate the organizers of the failed recall effort against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.”

      “Although progressive group Respect Arizona failed in its bid to begin a recall of Arpaio, the trial will continue–both to highlight the illegality of trying to recall an elected official inside of six months of being sworn into office and to force Respect Arizona to reveal the signatures they claim to have gathered but refuse to release.”

      “The hearing is the result of a lawsuit filed by attorney Larry Klayman on behalf of his client, Citizens to Protect Fair Election results.”

      “According to Klayman, Article 8, Part 1, Section 5 of Arizona’s Constitution clearly bars any recall effort of an elected official within the first six months after they are sworn into office. Groups like Respect Arizona and certain “county agencies” worked for a recall anyway, so Klayman believes the hearing will serve the purpose of checking such “improper schemes” once and for all.”

      “He says that without a solid court ruling in light of this section of the Arizona Constitution, groups like Respect Arizona will continue to launch recalls whenever they please, prohibitions to the contrary be damned.”

      “Although Respect Arizona refuses to release the list of signatures it claims to have collected, Klayman is confident this is simply because the anti-Arpaio group knows the names “were procured under false pretenses.”

      “The hearing will starts on June 25 at 1:30 PM, Judge Michael Herrod residing.”

      • Orion says:

        Yes! Absolutely great news!! And SRAZ is right to call out the contortions of the reporter in writing this skewed “tale.” The newspaper is commited to defeating Republicans.

  2. Scott says:

    The AZ Repulsive will soon join the other carcasses. In its case it will have ensured its own place on the trash heap with its feverent devotion to liberalism.