They need "more video content." For a NEWSPAPER!!??!!
Also, guess what news story WAS NOT on their website?
I agree with the comments here, the management seem to be on a path to bankruptcy and closure and forced into a downward spiral of cost cuttings and revenue losses.
But you have to admit that even if we, and a large number of people, value professional photos, a larger majority of people "are not bothered" (reference to Catherine Tate's character) and are not even buying newspapers.
The End is Nigh ;-)
It is a combination of things. Readership is down for the print copy. Newspapers are playing catchup in regards to getting advertiser dollars for the internet.
In film days, the staff needed photographers to handle the shot and the technical side of things. With digital, the process of actually getting the picture ready for publication isn't all that hard anymore. From a purely technical point of view, the skills needed to get the pic ready have moved from the photographer to the person doing layouts. All they need area few shots from the reporter.
We also have people willing to give pictures away for free so they can say they are published. When the paper can get great shots from really good hobbyists, they don't need staffers as much. I imagine they are going to start running photo contests now for feature art. The paper I used to work for did this. They ran a whole months worth of people's vacation photos on the front page of the county section.
But what happens when you need a long lens because of police lines?
Just crop, it will be "good enough".
When there is a breaking story, the photo editor will have a call list of freelancers in the area. There will be a need of skilled pj's, but the days of making a living being strictly a pj are over for the most part.