Offshoring Probably The Least Of Journalists' Concerns
from the piling-on dept
At some point or another workers in almost any field wonder whether outsourcing labor will affect their industry. The latest to get attention for coming under the gun are journalists, worried that major news organizations are increasingly hiring writers in India and elsewhere to write American news stories. The trend makes sense considering that so much of what newswires put out are hastily repackaged press releases and earnings reports that don’t require much training. But beyond that, it’s important to remember that the situation is not a zero-sum game. There’s no fixed supply of journalistic output. Hiring more writers allows these companies to cover more news, and it allows the better-trained writers to do other things. It’s the same with stories about automating financial journalism, which should allow people with skills to use them for something more productive. Worried workers might want to take a look at the tech industry, where the threat of offshore labor never materialized. However, it’s obviously not a great time to be a journalist at many newspapers, but that has much more to do with the overall economics of the industry, and the problems those companies are having, rather than any threat (real or perceived) from foreign journalists.