Local News in the Digital Age

There was in time when the local newspapers were the primary source of information about what’s going on in the world, but that has all changed thanks to the advent of the Internet in the digital age. Today, the amount of people who get their local, national and world news from the Internet is rivaling the amount who get information from newspapers.

Still, there are certain types of news that local newspapers do a much better job of covering than their online counterparts. Small-town events, police reports, obituaries and many other local-focused news events still get much better coverage from smaller printed newspapers, and these types of news items often aren’t printed in online versions.

Even if you are a die-hard advocate of printed newspapers, however, you should still consider using digital sources as well to keep up with national events, politics, sports and world news. While a newspaper costs money, many websites offer free news that only costs the click of a button. And blogs, online journals and personal news websites offer thousands of different personal editorial views of issues that you might find interesting.

The same sort of advice goes for people who exclusively get their news from Internet sources, as well: try subscribing to a local print newspaper to get more information about events and news that is going on in your community or city. There’s a lot that you probably miss by only getting your news online, and you might be pleasantly surprised by what you’ll find in a local newspaper.

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