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PiPress copy editors safe from Indians

PiPress owner’s flirtation with East Asian outsourcing is over for now, Denver alt-weekly says.
By David Brauer

Denver’s Westword says PiPress and Media News Group owner Dean Singleton has dropped his flirtation with outsourcing copy editing and page design to India.

“We are doing pre-press work in India and have been doing it for more than two years — and it’s worked very well,” Singleton says. “We’ve explored outsourcing copy editing and page makeup in India, too, but we probably won’t do that. I think we’re finding we can consolidate within our newspapers and get the same savings we can offshore.

The idea of a Bangalorean copy editor learning that Lamplighter is one word, not two, conjured up some amusement, but St. Paul jobs aren’t safe. The PiPress contract gives Singleton the right to resume layoffs Jan. 1, though his strategy so far has been a slow bleed of unfilled positions.