LOCAL NEWSPAPERS - Owned By Corporations
So the truth is that a lot of local newspapers in your town are mostly now corporately owned. If they are not right now, I can assure you that they will be. This may be good for tourists but not good for the soul and for the people who live there. I can see the changes in my own local news. More of the feature stories have to do with funding and things that have to do with financial gain. It seems that more and more local news is not local news at all.
It is going to be a sad day when I see my local small town newspaper only covering the elections or some political event. I am fortunate to be living in a sort of retirement/resort town that is about 70 miles away from Los Angeles. The sad part is that after living here for ten years or so, I can see the changes happening and it is like a small sign of the flu. It starts with a sore throat and then creeps into everything and then BAM! Most of the income to our local commerce comes from the spas in the area. People come from all over to indulge in our world famous spas and resorts. The funny thing is that most of them never venture into town or read the local news. Infact a lot of locals no longer read the local news because the younger generation would rather be reading on-line or listening to music. I'm guessing that most of the local readers are part of the retired population.
I will never forget when I took my two younger children into a Barnes and Noble bookstore and we ventured into the music section. They both just followed behind me and had no interest to look around. When I asked them why they did not want to "browse" and see cool bands, artists, artwork and covers....they both looked at me confused and said "why?" I stood there in shock for a moment and this marked my age in my head. The new generations will never enjoy the moments of going into a record store or bookstore eventually and enjoy actually looking around. They will probably never read a privately owned local newspaper either. Infact we only have one bookstore in my small town and people mostly come there for events and because it is unique and sells used books and some vintage signed copies.
Keep Voices Alive !!
If people truly knew how important it is to have a community newspaper or magazine that is primarily there to help support the local community (without another agenda), they would be more supportive of it. Younger people would subscribe on-line, contribute to articles and so on. The problem with a corporate owned newspaper is that even if people submit local interest stories, they are hardly ever published. Usually you can tell by submitting something timely and not even getting a response. Most small town newspapers do not get so many submissions that they can not reply.
So if there are other publications in the area started up by people who want to make a difference, please support and buy it. This will ensure that local news is still shared and that the community can have a place to go to for real local news and events.
I feel that it is important to make children and younger teens understand that their voice does matter and they have a right to share it to the local public. If people just keep ignoring the signs and the changes, they will all be blocked from the truth, just like television.