Remote-control journalism

Following up on earlier posts on this blog regarding the outsourcing of journalism jobs (from Germany to the Czech Republic or from the U.S. to India) now comes a story by the International Herald Tribune on so-called 'remote-control journalism':
Remote-control journalism is the scornful term that unions use for the shift of newspaper jobs to low-cost countries like India or Singapore with fiber-optic connections transmitting information all around the world.
The IHT story is based on a report by the World Association of Newspapers that concludes that outsourcing is quickly becoming mainstream labor practice at newspapers (in Western Europe and the U.S.). The report treads lightly as not to offend corporate sponsors. but makes it abundantly clear that outsourcing (and other similar practices such as off-shoring and out-contracting) "has become one of the key tools in the strategic management toolbox."

No mention of television or internet journalism, of course. One reason? Almost all employment in those industries already is contingent (and thus: relatively cheap). Newspaper careers have been the most stable and long-term of all media industries - and that is now changing. Fast.

For those among you studying to become a media worker: just know what you're getting yourself into.

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