What I want from my local newspaper (and how I want it):
Little League (text messages), church carnivals (database), downtown characters (multimedia), car washes (video), profiles of people who cook my food and wash my vegetables (multimedia), neighborhood business owners (podcast), garage sales (map), changes in local and state laws (database), local school activities (calendar), local politics (blog), local natural beauty (slideshow), school lunch menus (database), localization of national issues (enterprise stories, databases, multimedia).
How much of the above can be covered by a community news site? Most of it, really, with some help from a news organization’s reporters, especially the multimedia shooters and database jockeys.
Kevin Anderson asks: “How much ‘lived experience’ does your news site cover?“
The answer? Usually a resounding ‘not enough.’