Thursday, January 15, 2009

Newspapers Move to Outsource Foreign Coverage

Tribune Could Close Dozens of Bureaus in Favor of Washington Post Deal; New York Daily News Signs Start-Up

From the Wall Street Journal:

Two major newspapers publishers are taking steps to outsource international coverage, as falling revenue is causing more U.S. papers to shrink their foreign and national footprint.

Tribune Co., which owns the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, is in talks with the Washington Post Co. about a deal to pay the Post for foreign and national coverage for Tribune's eight major dailies. Meantime, the New York Daily News has reached an agreement with a Boston-based start-up called GlobalPost to use the company's network of part-time foreign correspondents.

Together, the agreements could substantially overhaul the foreign news operations of three of the 10 largest U.S. newspapers. [Click for MORE]

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