Monday, March 23, 2009

Oh, The Times They are A-Changin'

Got the word today that my employer will follow the Detroit Free Press and News' business model publishing only three days a week starting in June. This was not a surprise, as rumors filled the newsroom a week or so ago. Today those "rumors" were confirmed.

In addition, it was also announced today that 30-percent of the remaining staff would be cut, myself included.

So, come the end of May, when I finish my career as a newspaper photographer, I will wish my fellow co-workers who stay on the best of luck, because frankly, they've got a steep hill to climb. We had some great times together and I'm gonna miss some of those folks...


Over the past few months, with the possibility of job loss looming, I created my own website. Assembling a collection of galleries really helped to clarify what I want to achieve as photographer. And what I realized, is, I'll always be a photographer. Regardless if someone pays me or not. The great thing now is that I can concentrate on what I want to photograph. For the first time in many years I am optimistic and excited about my photographic future.

Truth be told, I'll be happy to wash my hands from all the newspaper industry doom and gloom.

Image © 2009, Daniel Staudacher || Bay City, Michigan.


Matt Stone said...

Hey Dan, I'm sorry to hear about you being let go. Best of luck to you. I interned at Bay City way back in the mid-90s. You're a great shooter; keep your head up. We're facing the same things here at the Courier-Journal...furloughs, cuts, etc. I always liked Michigan; it's a beautiful place...

cohnhead said...

Rotten. Sounds like a gutting.

Do you have a link to your new website?

gabrielle said...

sad sad sad sad. best of luck dan. keep up the good eye and you will be great.