Monday, January 14, 2008

Stop press: Clue sighted at MCT!

Not the end or the beginning of the end, nor yet the end of the beginning, but at least it's a tap on the brakes along the Highway to Hell:

Herald will not outsource editorial functions
The McClatchy Co., which announced in December it would experiment with outsourcing some production of The Miami Herald's Broward Neighbors sections to an India firm, has canceled that project.

''We've decided this would not be an appropriate use of this service so it won't be tested, nor will other newsroom and editing design like it,'' wrote Miami Herald Executive Editor Anders Gyllenhaal in a staff memo Jan. 14. ``The more we looked at the prospects of editing and layout from outside the newsroom, the more it was clear these skills involving news judgment and experience are not likely to work well from afar.

Full story here. Well, all three of three grafs, along with an array of reader comments that demonstrate pretty conclusively that reader comments on news stories are, at their most useful, a preposterous waste of time.


Blogger Strayhorn said...

Aw, c'mon. Where's your sense of fun? Reader comments are a valuable glimpse into the nuttery and general weirdness of the reading public. And they contain valuable advice: assume the objective posture!

In the past, it was only us editors who got to read the offbeat (and misspelled) rantings of the local cranks. Now everyone gets to see that his/her neighbor thinks of the "right-wing Cuban ex-pat" community, or whether an Indian editor will understand the word "arse".

Actually, since that's Brit slang, the Indians have better claim than Americans, but that's another topic.

Anyway, I say throw the floodgates open. Hell, sell tickets. Having nutcases invoke Geebus' wrath on godless abortionists in the comments kolm is better than having them bomb clinics.

9:04 AM, January 15, 2008  

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