With inexpensive auto-focus and image-stabilization cameras now widely available â€“ and PhotoShop at hand to rescue any less-than-successful effort â€“ even reporters could be trained to take some decent shots.
Throughout my entire reporting career, I took my own photos. That was many years before digital cameras or even PhotoShop. In fact, when push came to shove, I could go into the dark room and process my own prints.
That said, I’ve come around to believing that photographers, still photographers, are going to be quite employable in the news game for a long, long time yet. There’s no innovation yet that can replace a really good photographer.