Friday, May 11, 2007

The New Journalism

Two journalists were recently hired from Bangalore to cover the local news beat for the online publication, in the city of Pasadena, California the Guardian reports today.

The chief editor of PasadenaNow, James Mcpherson sees it as a solution to problems of quality and cost.Both of them solved by hiring professional low priced workers from almost 8000 miles away. This may be redundant news.

Last year there was a story on the discontent stirred among members of the Newspaper Guild of New York from the news that Reuters was outsourcing many of its' jobs to foreign destinations. Concerns were raised by disgruntled members about the quality of work that would come from these places. The recent Pasadena experience suggests otherwise:quality improved with their hirings; interns and lower rung staff had produced poor work and made heavy demands forcing management's hand.

A story in the Hindu later that year on October 07/06 made the events appear a fait accompli

Reuters, the financial news service, today officially unveiled an office here. The office will see 20 journalists cover 2,000 small to medium-sized American companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
This trend was said to continue in the conglomerate's future projections:

This is just the beginning for Reuters in Bangalore. The company's data unit, which archives material for 30,000 global firms, already employs 300 people and will grow by another 300 next year.
This may just become more than an outsourcing question. Crowd sourcing enters the picture today as well. More and more people are contributing to news stories locally with an immediacy that challenges the established forms of media. An article in wired outlines the full extent of the changes coming.

Deep Jive Interests
thinks we should dive in and let the media revolution take over; let all of us contribute. There may not be any other choice in the matter.

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