Journalism professor C.W. Anderson argues in a new book about the decline of traditional media outlets in Philadelphia that one of the main stumbling blocks in adapting to a digital future has been traditional journalistic culture.
Journatic, a local-journalism aggregation startup that used to provide content to newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, has been criticized for a series of ethical lapses. But that doesn’t mean the kind of outsourcing it represents isn’t part of the future of journalism.
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, in part because the traditional media industry and its supporters want to force everything into old models and familiar formats.
Media startup Journatic has come under fire for using fake bylines for hyper-local content that appeared in the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere. But the reality is that something like Journatic is likely a part of the future of local journalism, whether we like it or not.
Want to save money by hiring talent in a cheaper labor market? Previously, your choices were outsourcing abroad or rural sourcing here at home, but now a new third way is emerging – hiring workers in the lower cost hinterlands of foreign countries.
Technology these days means you can source talent from just about anywhere, so why is global tech firm Liaison Technologies looking to rural Illinois rather than overseas, and how has this rural sourcing impacted their business? COO Larry Mieldezis explains in an interview.
CrowdControl, which launched in November with the goal of improving the accuracy of crowdsourcing projects by analyzing results against a set of artificial intelligence techniques, has raised $2 million from Greycroft Partners and RTP Ventures.
If your company outsources IT, you might be looking longingly at cloud-based services, waiting for the day your contract expires to switch. Don’t give up hope. Scott Bils offers some options that can help get you over to the cloud even under your current contract.
Among business leaders, knocking the competition is an age-old pastime, and when we reported on complaints that online labor marketplaces like oDesk are driving down wages for freelancers, Mike Paolucci, CEO of U.S. focused labor platform Solvate, saw his opening. Meanwhile, oDesk fires back.
Former MIT researcher Nathan Eagle wanted to use outsourcing and mobile technology to lift people in Kenya and elsewhere out of poverty. But faced with the realities of the outsourcing business, he changed course, and now wants to bring marketing dollars to people in emerging economies.
The service provider responsible for Groupon’s daily e-mail deals, suffered a server outage this weekend that looks to have had a staggering effect on Groupon sales in several cities. This seems to play up Groupon’s overall dependence on emails as the primary method of subscriber interaction.
Managers establishing virtual teams may dream of attracting the best and brightest in New York, San Francisco and Shanghai. The workers of rural places and smaller cities probably feature less often. Now the proponents of a movement known as “rural sourcing” are trying to change that.
I had the chance to speak with Chris Ducker of Virtual Business Lifestyle about what it takes to become a virtual CEO, and how he transitioned to the role in just twelve months. Becoming a virtual CEO, he says, starts with passion and a plan.
As we’ve reported, oDesk, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based online staffing startup, has pioneered new ways for tech workers distributed around the globe to find work. The company also collects lots of data on the tech skill sets that workers have around the world. Here’s a look.
Not everyone can afford a virtual assistant, especially if you’re just starting to freelance and it’s a little out of your budget. Still, this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to enjoy some of the benefits of having one: you can still delegate and automate some of your tasks without the heavy price tag.
I’ve looked at some of the common services that VAs provide, and found some free or cheap alternatives that you might want to look into.
Many freelancers I know, including myself, have outsourced tasks to subcontractors at least once. From a virtual assistant to the odd “extra hand” you hire from time to time, it’s common to have someone else help you with a project. Doing so makes you more productive, and allows you to take on large projects that you can’t handle yourself.
Still, it’s tough to keep an effective relationship between the primary contractor (you) and the subcontractor (your hired help). Subcontractors can make mistakes that interrupt your workflow, hurt the project, or altogether defeat the purpose of hiring them.
So, what are these subcontractor mistakes you need to watch out for?
How exactly do you become good at getting the most out of your virtual assistant, thus freeing up much more of your own valuable time?
We’ve looked at freelance outsourcing and crowdsourcing sites in the past – places like 99 Designs for graphics work or Elance for…