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Chicago Tribune decides to stick with Journatic | JIMROMENESKO.COM

Chicago Tribune decides to stick with Journatic | JIMROMENESKO.COM | Hyperlocal and Local Media | Scoop.it

The Chicago Tribune is hiring 44-year newsroom veteran Randy Weissman as a consultant to help develop and implement appropriate changes at embattled Journatic and the Chicago Tribune, which has invested in the hyper-local content provider.

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Tribune sticks with Journatic

The Chicago Tribune has decided to keep using Journatic LLC, despite recent  revelations about the way the local news provider has done business, the paper announced  in a story and in a memo to staff.

Read more: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120721/BLOGS08/120729961/tribune-sticks-with-journatic#ixzz21LCb778c

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The future of media and forcing new content into old models

The future of media and forcing new content into old models | Hyperlocal and Local Media | Scoop.it

The controversy over new-media startup Journatic and its hyper-local news service says a lot about how difficult it is to find new ways of producing journalism.

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Tribune investigating ethics policy violation by content provider Journatic

Tribune investigating ethics policy violation by content provider Journatic | Hyperlocal and Local Media | Scoop.it
A national radio report this weekend revealing that hyperlocal content provider Journatic used false bylines in several stories that ran in TribLocal online has prompted an investigation by the Chicago Tribune .
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Journatic worker takes ‘This American Life’ inside outsourced journalism | Poynter.

Not  long after he started working for Journatic, Ryan Smith felt there was  something not quite right about what the company was doing. The Chicago  freelance journalist started working for Journatic, which provides outsourced journalism work for newspapers, in January of 2011, and he was glad to have steady work, even if it paid $10 an hour with no  benefits.

 

At  first, Smith worked primarily for Journatic’s sister company  BlockShopper.com. That’s when he noticed information was often pulled from LinkedIn, writing was outsourced to foreign countries like the Philippines,and bylines were sometimes fake.

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Journatic, and the troubling questions of outsourced local news

The fake byline thing may have been wrong, but what are the ethics, and realities, of using non-local staff to churn out cheap local journalism? Are newspapers going to be forced to do it for economic reasons?
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Journatic founder: ‘Being based in the community is not beneficial’ | Poynter.

I asked how this was different from Patch. “Being based in the community” — as Patch writers are required to do — “is not beneficial,” Timpone said. “There’s no beat in Flossmoor. … You can’t walk the streets in Flossmor and learn the town. This isn’t 1927.” The Homewood-Flossmoor site will eventually have 50 stories a week (“The stories are not Woodward and Bernstein,” he said).

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My adventures in Journatic's new media landscape of outsourced hyperlocal news

My adventures in Journatic's new media landscape of outsourced hyperlocal news | Hyperlocal and Local Media | Scoop.it
Ryan Smith: I went public about my experience at Journatic because people should know how their local newspapers are being hollowed out...
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Fake Bylines Reveal Hidden Costs Of Local News : NPR

The episode is at once a professional embarrassment for the papers and a reminder of an inescapable truth about the cost of gathering local news: Sometimes when you cut costs, you can't avoid cutting corners.

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3 other papers besides Chicago Tribune identify false bylines in Journatic stories

3 other papers besides Chicago Tribune identify false bylines in Journatic stories | Hyperlocal and Local Media | Scoop.it

Three more newspapers said Tuesday that hyperlocal content provider Journatic used false bylines on a number of stories they have published, both in print and online.

 

Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle discover aliases; Sun-Times cuts ties immediately with content provider.

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The uncomfortable truth behind the Journatic byline scandal

The uncomfortable truth behind the Journatic byline scandal | Hyperlocal and Local Media | Scoop.it
Media startup Journatic has come under fire for using fake bylines for hyper-local content that appeared in the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere.
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Journatic is caught using fake bylines

Journatic is caught using fake bylines | Hyperlocal and Local Media | Scoop.it

The latest “This American Life” looks at hyperlocal content provider Journatic and interviews Journatic writer-editor Ryan Smith, who reveals that the company uses fake bylines for its Filipino writers — or did, until “TAL” blew the whistle on them.

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