Does local news require local reporters?

Startup Journatic used fake bylines to mask stories that were produced by writers in the Philippines. Those stories were sold to dozens of newspapers in major U.S. cities that are struggling to cover the cost of reporting on local news.

"It's a short-term cost-cutting measure, and that's all it is," Tim McGuire, the former editor-in-chief of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, who now teaches media business and journalism ethics at Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, told NPR. "It's not a long-term solution to providing local news to people who want it."

What do you think - if the outsourced reporters working from thousands of miles away get those local real estate prices or the score to a little league baseball game right does it matter that they don't live in the community?


Reports,news or information relating to a place/group/community must be correctly served. That depends on the source providing materials. Network is required .for sensitive issues there is need for validation at least from two sources. Staying locally is not answer to serve true news. How it is being collected is the main concern.

I expect the question is a

I expect the question is a provocation - of course they should live where they are writing about. I am astounded by the papers using information from those content farms, that is a disturbig trend.

the bottom line

is all that matters - if newspapers can't afford to get that information and readers want it, most people won't care "where" it comes from. Should reporters live in the community they cover? Yes! Are we going in that direction? No.

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