Saturday, May 12, 2007

Outsourcing Journalism - Maybe They'll Get It Now

Western reporters have been remarkably complacent about outsourcing in the era of globalization but that may be about to change. Now it's their jobs that could be next on the line.

A report in The Guardian tells of two reporters recently hired by to cover city council meetings. The brace of scribes will probably never step foot inside the Pasadena city council chamber because they're based about 8,000 miles away in Mumbai and Bangalore, India.

The two reporters will watch council meetings on the internet and they'll work for spare change - one getting $12,000, the other a more modest $7,200.

The website's editor, James MacPherson, is a veteran at outsourcing from his experience in the clothing industry when he outsourced production to India and Vietnam.

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