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Thursday, June 26, 2008


LAO: Editing Broadsheets Abroad*

My latest post at LA Observed:
The Orange County Register's decision to outsource some editing to India shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone in our ailing newspaper industry, particularly here in Southern California, where a Pasadena news outfit flirted briefly in 2007 with the notion of outsourcing reporting to the subcontinent.

With 2008 shaping up to be the worst year on record for ad revenue, more creative solutions, and associated workforce reductions, are likely.

Not so in India.

They're accepting applications in India.

The company that the OC Register hired, Mindworks Global, has several job listings* posted on its Web site.

Because I've never worked on a copy desk, most editors would probably say I lack the experience necessary to perform the duties of a "copy editor." However, as Mindworks has made copy editing part of its mission, I thought I might help clean up its Careers* page. Consider it a bit of reverse outsourcing.

My edits are noted ...

Read the rest at LA Observed.

* UPDATE -- June 28, 2008 -- See footnote at LA Observed.

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