Singleton Pushes For News Outsourcing
Newspaper publishers should consider consolidating and outsourcing news operations to save money as revenues continue to shrink, says MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton. He told the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association that papers should explore outsourcing in nearly every aspect of their operations, including sending copy-editing and design jobs overseas.
"In today's world, whether your desk is down the hall or around the world, from a computer standpoint, it doesn't matter. We're exploring is having one news desk for all of our newspapers ... maybe even offshore," he says.
MediaNews publishes The Denver Post, The Detroit News and 52 other daily newspapers. It is well known for cost-cutting efforts, including combining the operations of its papers near San Francisco. Other publishers also have consolidated newsroom functions this year.