Pasadena Paper May Outsource 'Local' Coverage

A Web site in Pasadena, Calif., takes outsourcing to a new level. It advertised for a journalist to report on Pasadena's city government and politics, but will base the "local" reporter in India. The publisher says it makes sense, since City Council meetings are available on the Web. The India-based correspondent will be able to e-mail anybody he wants for an interview.

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A Web site in Pasadena, California has taken outsourcing to a new level. It advertised for a newspaper journalist to report on Pasadena's city government and politics, and this local reporter is supposed to be based in India -really. The publisher says it makes sense now that City Council meetings are available on the Web. As if that wasn't enough information, the India-based correspondent in the Pasadena bureau can email anybody he wants for an interview.

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