Outsourcing isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition and that the Register will figure out what makes sense to outsource and what doesn’t. Copy editors certainly provide value beyond fixing grammar and punctuation, but if it’s possible to skive off the routine work and focus a smaller US-based staff on the areas where they can add value, employers will do that.]]>
The outsourcing of copy editing to India is a horrible idea for newspapers. Your post shows a lack of understanding regarding what copy editors do. They also pick up on errors of fact, such as street names being wrong, that cannot be “caught” by people doing the job remotely.
Also, good copy editors have knowledge of local politics that is integral to a good newspaper. Not to mention that they know Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, not 1951, which is something some 50-cents-a-day “editor” in India might not know.]]>
As a Boston-area resident, I agree. The paper has been struggling for years, and when the Globe catches a cold, you can assume that the Herald will come down with pneumonia.]]>
I’d be surprised if the Boston Herald is still printing in 2010.]]>