Words by Rachel White.
The world debt crisis seems to be getting more and more problematic as each day passes. There's no industry sector or business that hasn't been affected in some way, so it's hardly surprising that news heavyweight CNN, have announced 50 job cuts throughout their staff.
The cuts have hit several of the CNN offices, across different departments. However, in the CNN Senior VP Jack Womack's e-mail to his colleagues, he explains that part of the reason for layoffs is due to the general public being able to provide broadcast standard photography, completely free.
Part of the email said: "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 in the hands of more people. After completing this analiysis, CNN determined that some photojournalists will be departing the company. "
You can read the full e-mail which has been published online at The Hollywood Reporter
It is true that technology has advanced and excellent quality compact and mobile cameras are owned by a vast majority of the general public, but can that really replace the role of a photojournalist? Tell us what you think.