Chicago Sun-Times lays off entire photo staff

Chicago Tribune reports: “About 20 full-time [photo] staffers received the news Thursday morning.”

The Chicago Newspaper Guild’s executive director tells Crain’s: “We will be looking into all of our options, legal and non-legal. We think this is a terrible move for the paper and community.”

The Sun-Times’ statement:

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.