Dan Kennedy has published a memo from GateHouse Vice President David Arkin, who told Poynter earlier this week that the company would transition from Journatic to its own centralized content hub by the end of August. Here’s what Arkin told staff in an email about the change:
We decided to end the relationship with Journatic for a few reasons:
— Journatic had trouble providing the kinds of content that our newspapers really needed. They provided a lot of content but weren’t successful in choosing the right kind of calendar items and news briefs.
— We spent too much time centrally and locally addressing errors with their content.
— We discovered we could produce process-oriented content that our newspapers really wanted at a more economical price than Journatic.
Journatic CEO Brian Timpone responded by email: “We enjoyed working with GateHouse and wish them well.”
The Chicago Sun-Times also announced this week that it was ending its relationship with Journatic after fake bylines from sister company BlockShopper made their way into stories published by the Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle.