Will Murphy couldn’t believe it. After all, he recalled being “tickled pink” in 1973, when he landed his first reporting job as a stringer for a weekly newspaper. Years of journalism awaited, and he had caught a fingerhold. That’s why, as news director at National Public Radio’s WFIU in Bloomington, Ind.,
News photographers in the field hear the question all the time. Someone looks at their considerable camera and asks, “Is that digital?” These days, in fact, you’d be hard pressed to find any newspaper photographer whose camera is not. During the past half-dozen years, digital cameras have swept aside their film predecessors (and accompanying darkrooms) as the tool of choice among newspapers.