Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Jobs exported to Asia

Jobs can also be internally "exported". In the Fairfax chain of newspapers, for which I work, nearly all the subediting is now done at two "hubs" — in Wellington and Christchurch. The Manawatu Standard, which published the above cartoon on March 18, 2010, no longer has any subeditors who work exclusively for the Standard (with the exception of myself, in the advertising features department). There are some subeditors sitting in the office, but they are technically part of the Wellington hub. To emphasize their changed status, they have been separated from the reporters by a no-man's-land of vacant desks.

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