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no_photographersReading an article in the Boston Business Journal about staff cuts at Gatehouse Media I wondered if this affected the Metro unit based in Needham. When I retired, as a staff photographer, about two and a half years ago this division covered cities and towns from Sharon to Somerville … including Newton. Looking at Wednesday’s Newton TAB I noticed there was not one photo taken by the Metro photo staff. There were photos taken by the reporters, a few courtesy photos, and one by a staff photographer out of the Concord office. It is the first time since my association with the Newton TAB in over 34 years that there was no photography produced by local staff or stringers. In checking with one of my former colleagues it was confirmed that the Metro unit photo staff is now gone. A sad day for Newton and community journalism.

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