US outsources work to Indian journalists

Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

Community journalism has never had it this strange. James Macpherson, publisher of a two-year-old website recently hired two journalists from India to report local events in a small town in the us. They will report on local events in Pasadena, California, from India.

The us has been outsourcing media jobs from India for the past a few years. But Macpherson's is said to be the first experiment in local journalism. This new phase of outsourcing has its benefits, he claims. "It will increase the quality of journalism at the local level without the expense that is a major problem for local publications," he said. "You may be at a desk in Pasadena or in Mumbai. But you're still a phone call or e-mail away," he adds.

The new recruits were given an approximate: us $20,800 per annum--an amount which is high by Indian market rates, but cheap by us standards. "It is a shaky business proposition," Uday Karmarkar, who outsources copy editing and graphics work to Indian businesses, told cnn. "The editor may have to spend more time in editing than the savings are worth," he added.

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