Outsourcing media work

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6 thoughts on “Outsourcing media work

  1. Read the post or the Nation.

    If they can't manage to find journalists and editors to use English properly on a consistent basis, I don't know if people with such qualifications are to be found in Thailand.

    Actually, I take that back. There are plenty of Thais and foreigners who are excellent writers and have a better command of English than I do. The problem is, not very many of them are willing to work for 30k.

    Think about it. Most Thais who speak/read/write English at a near-fluent level have studied overseas… Mom and Dad invested 4-5 million baht in their education… do you think they're working for 30k a month or pursuing a career in a field that has wages this low?

  2. No matter how much you pay a non-English journalist (and I know a few here that are earning 150,000 baht per month +) you still need that native English editoral touch at some point in the process.

    There ARE talented English journalists in Thailand outside The Bangkok Post and The Nation, and making a reasonable living. Outsourcing editorial work to Thailand is already happening (my company is one example), and there is a lot of potential to expand this business.

  3. I see what you mean, Andrew, but in the case of hiring a single journalist, wouldn't the native-English touch come after the reporter's stage, back in the US?

    And yes, Paul, there is a lot more than 30k a month to be made for people fluent in English a lot of the time.

    Interesting concept anyway. My focus for this post is more the outsourcing by newspapers looking to employ reporters.

  4. I think there's a way you could make something like this work but it would need to be with native English speakers. As others have pointed out, Thais with high enough English proficiency to write for a newspaper probably invested too much money in their education to take a low paying job.

    That being said, a lot of farangs who have a choice between teaching for 30,000 baht a month or writing articles for 30,000 baht a month would probably jump at the opportunity as they could do the job from home and not have the hassle of going to and from a classroom every day.

  5. I have to disagree with 'BIlly Bangkok'. Teachers are not journalists and, similarly as a journalist I would never consider teaching. I am not qualified to do so, and I would only ever employ trained journalists to undertake editorial work. It's so much more than just writing; it's style and law and … I could go on. And for those skills you'll have to pay a lot more than 30,000 baht per month.

    Matt, there will always be options for freelancers but what I'm talking about is the wholesale outsourcing of the entire production process – sub editing through to design and output. That's being done here in Thailand already with experienced Thai staff and one native English journalist, and there is a lot more potential to develop this business.

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