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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.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-05-02 18:14

When Ashley Highfield, former the director of Microsoft's UK consumer and online business and previous head of technology for the BBC, was appointed as CEO of Johnston Press last July, it was natural to assume that he would be guiding the publisher towards a digital future. But not long after he took up his position, The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade criticised him for defending print and offering “nothing different from what we have heard for years from the digitally-blind ink-stained veterans of the press.”

Perhaps Greenslade can rest easy now, because speaking at The Guardian’s Changing Media Summit last Wednesday, Highfield made a firm commitment to turning making Johnston Press’s local newspapers “digital-first”.

“We are going to be launching new websites for every one of our papers,” said Highfield, who is quoted by paidContent. “We’re going to flip the model from newspaper-first every day to digital-first, and you take the best and produce a bumper weekly in print. By 2020, that will be the model. We’ve run the numbers and think that can be a profitable model.”

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-23 15:27

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