Now They're Even Outsourcing "Local" Journalism -- Reporters Living in the Philippines Are Beat Reporters for Chicago and Houston Papers

Low-paid Filipino freelancers are secretly reporting supposedly local stories for newspapers like the Chicago Tribune and Houston Chronicle.

Over the last two or three years, the Chicago-based content provider has infiltrated dozens of mid to major newspapers across the country and obtained contracts to produc so-called "hyperlocal" news content. Those deals often lead to a horde of firings of editorial staff at those news organizations, as some full-time office-dwellers cede work to a small army of low-paid freelancers living all around the globe. Full Story »

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by Dwight Rousu - Jul. 16, 2012

The story looks like an important story for anybody looking at journalism. It deserves more investigation.

The company I was working for was harming journalism: real reporters were getting laid off and were being replaced by overseas writer-bots. So I decided to put my Blockshopper job in jeopardy and get the truth out about the company.

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