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  • John H. White, second from left, who won a Pulitzer in 1982, and other former Sun-Times photographers high-five after about 150 supporters marched in front of the Chicago Sun-Times building in Chicago Thursday. The rally was organized by the Chicago Newspaper Guild in response to the paper cutting its photography staff.

       John H. White, second from left, who won a Pulitzer in 1982, and other former Sun-Times photographers high-five after about 150 supporters marched in front of the Chicago Sun-Times building in Chicago Thursday. The rally was organized by the Chicago Newspaper Guild in response to the paper cutting its photography staff.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Former Sun-Times photographer John H. White, right, gets a hug from photographer Rich Chapman as about 150 rally in front of the Chicago Sun-Times building in support of the 28 laid-off photographers from the Sun-Times and its suburban newspapers.

       Former Sun-Times photographer John H. White, right, gets a hug from photographer Rich Chapman as about 150 rally in front of the Chicago Sun-Times building in support of the 28 laid-off photographers from the Sun-Times and its suburban newspapers.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • About 150 people rally in front of the Chicago Sun-Times building in Chicago Thursday in support of the newspaper's laid-off photography staff. The rally was organized by the Chicago Newspaper Guild.

       About 150 people rally in front of the Chicago Sun-Times building in Chicago Thursday in support of the newspaper's laid-off photography staff. The rally was organized by the Chicago Newspaper Guild.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks at a "Save the Photographers" rally Thursday in Chicago. The rally was organized by the Chicago Newspaper Guild to protest the Chicago Sun-Times' decision to lay off 28 photographers from its city and suburban newspapers.

       Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks at a "Save the Photographers" rally Thursday in Chicago. The rally was organized by the Chicago Newspaper Guild to protest the Chicago Sun-Times' decision to lay off 28 photographers from its city and suburban newspapers.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Fired photographers protest

 
Associated Press

Former Chicago Sun-Times photographers and supporters protested outside the newspaper's headquarters Thursday against layoffs of virtually all of the full-time photography staff.

About 100 people chanted and carried signs that read "Save the photogs." Some Sun-Times reporters also joined the protest, as did Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

The newspaper fired all 28 full-time photographers last week, saying it was shifting toward more online video. Spokesmen say the Sun-Times now will rely on freelancers and reporters for pictures and video.

The layoffs included photographers and editors at the Sun-Times' sister publications in the suburbs. Besides the Chicago Sun-Times, Sun-Times Media includes Pioneer Press, the Aurora Beacon-News, Naperville Sun, Elgin Courier-News, Joliet Herald-News, Lake County News-Sun, Post-Tribune and the Daily SouthtownStar.

The Chicago Newspaper Guild is asking the National Labor Relations Board to rule that the Sun-Times bargained in bad faith. Guild Executive Director Craig Rosenbaum says the company told the union during contract negotiations that no photographer layoffs were planned.

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