ABC O&O's Look to the Future of Cheap Labor

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The ABC O&O’s are looking to hire “community journalists” for a new program that the company is starting that they think is the future on news.

The ABC O&O’s plan to hire more than 20 journalists in the first year of the program.

B&C writes that the first 10 will be hired by KABC, in Los Angeles. The others will be located in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Houston.

“We are always evolving how we inform and reflect the communities we serve based on the changes we see in our audiences,” said Wendy McMahon, president, ABC Owned Television Stations Group. “Interest in local content is growing rapidly and, at the same time, it’s becoming increasingly granular. With this commitment, we are re-imagining the future of local newsgathering to more strategically meet those demands and to ensure that we continue to be the leaders in our local markets.”

KABC will sees participation from local universities and other institutions to identify candidates for the Los Angeles market who will live in the communities they cover.

In other words, they will work from home, use their own transportation and cover the news in their neighborhood.

USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has already committed to recruiting graduates to the program.

“Our idea is to ‘make SoCal small’ by enhancing and broadening our coverage to create a deeper, more authentic local connection,” said Cheryl Fair, president and general manager, KABC. “We want these reporters to truly engage with and be a part of the communities they cover.”

It might be the future, or it maybe a way to hire kids that will cost next to nothing and have them work from home.

Stay tuned…