The company that owns the Pioneer Press, MediaNews, had floated the idea of outsourcing
copy desks and other parts of the traditional newsroom overseas as a way to save some cash. After some consideration, company CEO Dean Singleton says it isn't going to happen
. At least not any time soon.
Our sister paper, the Denver Westword
, got the scoop during their interviews for a story about the Rocky Mountain News, which is also owned by MediaNews.
Singleton's made footprints in India, too. But he says some of the things he talked about a couple of months ago won't be coming to fruition -- in the near term, at least.
"We are doing pre-press work in India and have been doing it for more than two years -- and it's worked very well," Singleton says. "We've explored outsourcing copy editing and page makeup in India, too, but we probably won't do that. I think we're finding we can consolidate within our newspapers and get the same savings we can offshore. We probably won't put any news operations there -- and we weren't talking about reporting and editing. We were talking about copy editing and page design, and I think we've found we can do it just as well ourselves here.
"Would we do it if it made a lot of sense?" he asks. "Sure we would. It doesn't mean we're going to -- but we're not alone in thinking about it. I happened to be the one giving the speech, but virtually every newspaper company in America is exploring the same thing."