Outsourcing writing and the consequences

There is a great local writer named Rober Feder that I always read. I’ve also met him and he is cool, not to mention in college we had to read his broadcasting articles.

Anyway he’s now online having lost his job at the Sun-Times and had an article today.

 http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/chicago-media-blog/15513226/outsourcing-journalism-derails-tribune%E2%80%99s-credibility. The gist of the article is that the Chicago Tribune outsourced a lot of their writers to freelance in the Philippines. These “writers” made up headlines, fabricated quotes and down right plagarized. There was a comment in the blurb stating that when you have people in other countries writing they honestly don’t care what they write.

Here’s the thing though, and that is finding a writing job in this country is hard. More and more papers are going to freelance and unlike in the past finding a job that will pay you enough to be a fulltime writer is hard. We have two major papers here the Tribune and the Sun-Times, not to mention several suburban papers (most owned by these two major papers) and all are in major financial difficulty. The one paper (Sun-Times)is becoming more and more celebrity orientated and the other has less writers as well (and is the one that is outsourcing writing and editing jobs). Yet more and more students are graduating from various journalism and communications schools only to see there are no jobs in anything related to this field. I speak from personal experience having been a journalism student.

I’m hoping when people read all of this and start realizing many articles are written overseas they might quit their subscriptions. I know I will read the papers daily and half the time I find grammatical errors, sentences that make no sense and the like. At first I figured it was printing error but now I know it’s writing and proofreading errors caused by sending these jobs overseas.