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.
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.