Not quite the local news

As if local news operations don’t already have enough challenges, along come this story from Zombie Journalism about Journatic, which uses foreign workers to produce “local news.” Talk about outsourcing.

“This American Life” exposed the company’s unsavory practices in the broadcast segment titled “Forgive Us Our Press Passes.” A very detailed background piece can be found on the Poynter site.

ZJ identifies Journatic as a threat, and suggests the best way to combat it is for local journalists to encourage readers to “read local”:

“For local journalists, there is no better time to show our readers that we are them. We live in the same neighborhoods. We shop at the same grocery stores. We attend the same local festivals and root for the same football teams. Our kids attend the same schools. We may have even gone to high school together.”

In other words, fly the “local flag” loud and proud.

About Len La Barth

I am a longtime journalist still in love with this heartbreaking business.
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One Response to Not quite the local news

  1. Chuck Buerki says:

    Hey Len. We don’t know each other, but your name and face are familiar to me. Understand your relationship with AD is history, at least in the format I once knew it. Glad to see your new blog to reflect on what’s going on with our blessed economy and those who are working hard to survive within the new rules. Keep the good words coming. Chuck in Sutter

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