"Local" news outsourced to India

Oy, what a tangled Web…

Local news reporting outsourced to India
A news site hires two to cover Pasadena from afar. That helps a shoestring budget go further.

By Alex Pham
Times Staff Writer
May 11, 2007
When is local journalism not really local? When it’s about Pasadena and written by someone in India.
James Macpherson, editor and publisher of the Pasadena Now website, hired two reporters last weekend to cover the Pasadena City Council. One lives in Mumbai and will be paid $12,000 a year. The other will work in Bangalore for $7,200.
The council broadcasts its meetings on the Web. From nearly 9,000 miles away, the outsourced journalists plan to watch, then write their stories while their boss sleeps – India is 12.5 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time.

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