Reuters is hastening the merger of news pictures and video news into a single team of visual journalists, with an unspecified implication that jobs across the combined operation will be cut.
Reuters remains part of Thomson Reuters but is being re-organised as a stand-alone business. Its largest client is Refinitiv, which has agreed to pay Reuters at least $325 million a year for news coverage over the next 30 years.
Redundancies in Reuters reporting bureaus around the world have already begun and local language services are being cut back.
A news pictures staff member, who asked not to be identified, said: “This is essentially the end of Reuters Pictures, going down the tubes in a very sad way."