Don't Outsource Local News
Is there any job that can't be outsourced?
Now even the local news is being sent overseas. Media giants including Tribune Company and Hearst Corporation have outsourced local news — to content farms in the Philippines.
According to a major report from This American Life,1 several prominent media corporations have outsourced local news production in cities like Chicago, San Francisco and Houston to Journatic, a company that hires underpaid workers in the Philippines to create local news stories for newspapers in the United States.
News organizations must be accountable to the communities in which they operate. That means hiring reporters who work among us and walk the same streets, who have direct ties to the people and issues that affect our lives.
Sign this letter to tell media executives across the country that you can't fake local news. They need to know that local means local.
1. "Switcheroo," This American Life: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/468/switcheroo