Daily Archives: 31 May 2007

How a giant pig fooled the American media

When Associated Press put out a story that an 11-year-old boy, Jamison Stone, had shot dead a monster pig weighing 1,051 pounds in Alabama, television stations in the United States jumped at the news. NBC booked the boy for a slot. Except that it was a camera trick and good photoshop work at work, and it took Stinky Journalism to expose the hoax.

Read the full story here: Hog washed!


Is media outsourcing biting the hand that feeds?

Outsourcing “journalism” backend work to India is the flavour of the season. Some British newspapers get their race cards and television schedules done by a Press Association-Mphasis outfit in Mangalore. Reuters covers US small businesses, compiles earnings tables for large companies, conducts polling, and gets press releases rewritten in Bangalore. NDTV digitizes archives, moves content from one format to another, does closed-captioning, craft-editing, graphics and set design for western clients.

Edward Wasserman, a Knight professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University, writes:

“It’s ironic that an industry that frets endlessly about its estrangement from the public, that claims to want its workings made transparent, accessible and accountable, would seize on a strategy that makes everything it does more remote, more cumbersome, more unintelligible.

“It’s even more ironic that a profession that’s dedicated to producing work that’s richly reported and thoroughly knowledgeable would annihilate whole tiers of support staff that in a traditional newsroom are trusted sources of background, context, taste and memory.”

Read the full article: Outsourcing the news business overseas