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LETTER: Poor decision to cut photographer position

The removal of Kelly Cox and using reporters as photographers for the newspaper is an extremely poor decision.

Mike Bennett makes claims that other papers around the country have made similar decisions and basing it upon the advent of smartphones where everyone becomes a photographer is a weak excuse for cutting costs.

Reporters do what they do best, write. And while the two professions can cross occasionally, nothing can take the place of a dedicated photographer. It takes years of training and practice to become excellent at it. It weakens the paper, and I for one will not be submitting any more photographs to the paper. I encourage other photographers to do the same. Show the PI and other newspapers that the removal of a whole profession from their ranks does nothing but show how much they don’t care about quality.

Kelly is smart, dedicated and an excellent photographer that fits well within the community. If you have dreams of becoming a newspaper photographer, do not support the PI by sending in your photos to fill the void left, because you will be next on the chopping block.

Mark Burrows


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