Professional Photo-journalism is not “anyone can do it with anything” type skill. Camera on iOS is not the app for that.
Most people’s pictures suck. I am one of those most people. Like Gruber pointed out, they should hire more photogs or increase their travel budget and get them to Turkey, Syria. Instead a few of the newspapers (and maybe it’s the boston globe) will be the “photo” papers, especially since Time/Life folded Life into a nothing version of itself. Great Photojournalism is still breathtaking. It’s why people get photogs instead of snapping their iPhone for family portraits. They know how to do it.
iPhoto and Camera are great for regular jerks like me snapping away at a drunken BBQ or road trip. And they are great for my photos. They are not great for journalists to cover a story and take pictures for that story as well. It takes real knowledge and practice to do what these photogs can do. The author writing the cover story most often can’t. Especially while they are busy reporting on that cover story.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at John H White’s work.
Still don’t believe me? Take a look at the cover of the Chicago Sun-Times illustrated by reporters with iPhones vs. the Chicago Tribune cover by photo-journalist photos the day after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.