It's not that some production jobs can't be filled and shared with other publications/online operations. It's just that the copy desks shouldn't automatically be the first stop.
The idea that the copy desks don't contribute to content is nuts. And copy desks are already running shorthanded, which is clearly contributing to the many, many errors we're seeing in print and online. Yes, celebrity slideshows with no local connection could be shared and handled by one person for multiple sites. Maybe some national news, though you have to be careful to not overlook a so-called national story with importance to one local operation but perhaps not another in the same organization.
Please don't use the Chicago Tribune as a model for this or anything else.
Sun-Times buyer Jim Tyree: Media magician? -- chicagotribune.com