Tuesday, October 21, 2008

One Newsroom To Rule Them All

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 11:02 AM

MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton has been thinking big again. Times-Standard reporters should be very, very afraid.

The Associated Press and paidcontent.org are currently carrying accounts of Big Deaner's speech to the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association yesterday. Apparently Dean chose the occasion to hanky-drop his new scheme for "saving" the newspaper industry: Consolidation of the entire company's news operations into one massive call center, possibly to be located in India.

Picture the cost savings: Sweatshop "reporters" would "cover" the community by remote control, through telephone and Internet. Newsprint would be gone. It's a model currently being pioneered by the ghastly press release merchants at pasadenanow.com . Singleton apparently wants to take the thing to a whole new level.

"In today's world, whether your desk is down the hall or around the world, from a computer standpoint, it doesn't matter," Singleton said after his speech.

And when you think about it, that's true. From a computer standpoint.

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