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The Tribune Company’s decision to outsource the production of TribLocal to the cheap content providing company Journatic sparked controversy when it was announced at the beginning of last week. But more recently, Journatic founder and CEO Brian Timpone has defended the quality of the content his company produces, suggesting that it is more efficient and higher quality than many of its competitors.

Negative reactions to the deal focused on the Chicago Tribune’s admission that “about half of TribLocal's 40 staffers, including copy editors, designers and web producers, will see their jobs phased out during the transition,” of which 11 to 18 TribLocal reporters will be transferred to the Chicago Tribune’s suburban bureaus. Departing staff will be replaced by Journatic content, which, as Poynter explains, is based on large amounts of publically available information. This data is then converted into stories by freelancers, who are paid between $4 and $2 a piece. Journatic writers are expected to produce these items in 10 - 20 minutes each, earning them a wage of around $12 per hour.


Hannah Vinter


2012-05-02 18:14

In a development lauded by the printer as a success, The Australian newspaper - published also in England to satisfy expats - has joined the digital revolution that is overtaking the rest of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. holdings in the United Kingdom. That is, The Australian will soon be printed at a Stroma plant in London recently automated to conduct the printing process digitally. As a result, Aussies abroad will receive their hardcopy newspapers as many as six hours earlier than their countrymen back home.

The Australian's transition to digital printing follows a similar switch in New York. News & Tech reported in October that The Wall Street Journal, historically printed at mammoth analog presses in South Brunswick, New Jersey, has converted two of its own presses to digital production and will outsource the rest of its newspaper demand to local printers.

Digital printing is in its infancy, except in Malta, where Miller Newsprint Ltd., has been churning out The Financial Times, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Mirror, Daily Star, Daily Express, The Daily Mirror and The Daily and Sunday Telegraph on a Kodak VL4200 for some time, News & Tech reported Thursday.


Leah McBride Mensching


2009-11-10 17:45

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