Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I think since so few people rely on print materials as a primary source of news, it is fully appropriate for us to take advantage of technology and the fact that any person with an internet connection (and a properly screwed-on head) can be experts about the news that is occurring around us in a highly localized area. I, being in Galesburg or more specifically on the Knox College campus, could provide expert and immediate information about an occurrence here on campus. I cannot provide any expert accounts of newsworthy events in Roma, Tokyo, Lima or Haiti. But people who work for MSNBC and can travel to Haiti are fully capable of reporting on those events based on first hand accounts (and a huge media conglomerate is alfo fully capable of disseminating this information to many people quickly). I see no problem with local news sources giving preferential attention to local news, of which they can provide (hopefully) accurate and up-to-date information.