Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Local journalism, outsourced to India


Gulp. Looks like the tried and true method of getting a foot in the door in journalism, working a small town beat for peanuts, is in danger of being outsourced to India. A Pasadena website covering local politics is hiring two Indian journalists for a combined salary of $20,000 to watch city council meetings and do interviews over the web.

While it’s disheartening to see outsourcing reach the sacred shoals of journalism, I suppose this sort of thing was inevitable. The rules haven’t changed all that much…define your niche, write well and often, and suck down the fact that your field just got a lot more competitive.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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