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 Post subject: Onward and downward
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:11 am 
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Don't think of outsourcing editing work as just a way to save money; think of it as a way to "protect" reporters, presumably from editors.

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Canada’s largest newspaper is cutting dozens of jobs from its newsroom, outsourcing editing duties that are increasingly seen as too costly for cash-strapped dailies trying to cope with falling advertising revenue.

The Toronto Star is slashing 55 jobs, about 9 per cent of its workforce, with about half coming out of the editorial department. The paper plans to outsource copy editing and page design to Pagemasters North America, which offers those services at a steep discount to what the papers typically pay inhouse.

The move comes as print advertising continues to decline at newspapers across North America. Papers have seen gains in digital advertising as they move more of their content online, but print advertisements are far more lucrative for publishers. Canadian chains such as Postmedia Network Inc. and Sun Media have also taken copy editors out of newsrooms, opting to do the work out of centralized facilities to save money and reduce overlap.

The Star’s cuts are part of a broader trend that has seen newspapers outsource jobs that aren’t directly related to the reporting of stories – newspaper companies have outsourced everything from printing to delivery as they try to bring down costs. The Globe and Mail also outsources some work to Pagemasters.

“It’s challenging times in the newspaper business,” said Star spokesman Bob Hepburn. “And in these challenging times we need to protect the reporting side of the business, which we have managed to do here.”
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[*] Which also outsources, says Greenslade of the Guardian.


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 Post subject: Re: Onward and downward
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:49 am 
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The man at the top must take some, if not most, of the blame for this. Michael Cooke loathes copy editors as a class.


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 Post subject: Re: Onward and downward
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:56 am 
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Update: Ooh, this'll scare 'em.
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[From the paper's union, via Globe and Mail]


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