A friend sent me a link to this article in the Hollywood Reporter this morning. So apparently ABC thinks what we're doing is viable and the future of at least some portion of news. Make no mistake, we started opening new foreign bureaus in Summer 2006 with the establishment of a weekly program produced in Iraq. We're happy to see that other media are following our lead, now we hope a savvy investor will recognize we're doing it better than the old media, and cheaper. How? The answer to both is the same, we employ locals with local knowledge and relationships. ABC is still insisting on sending foreign nationals trained and salaried at ABC into the field. Hiring foreign nationals is expensive, and they don't have the same local contacts and networks.
I hope this is good news for our work and that we'll be able to locate individuals or organizations/investors to collaborate with at the Networked Journalism Summit next week, given this news and of course our own track record.
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