Friday, November 4, 2016
In today’s news, people are comparing of the front page photos of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times as they marked the Chicago Cubs’ first World Series win in 108 years. The Chicago Tribune’s photo, superior and iconic in every way imaginable, was taken by an in-house photographer. The Chicago Sun Times, which fired all of its photographers a few years ago, had to rely on a journalist who was trained in how to use an iPhone.
We already know what the problem is: the people who run the media don’t know good content from bad, and audiences are increasingly impatient for their beliefs, values and proclivities to be indulged at the cost of good grammar, truth, credibility, decent composition… pretty much everything.
I don’t have an answer for this, but I can say from experience that there is a real hunger elsewhere for good storytelling, whether through words, photography, or video production.
Perhaps creatives should stop trying to save the media.