A new survey in the US tells us what we really knew all along...namely that most news starts out with local papers. This is a heartening bit of hope in amongst the unrelenting spears of doom and gloom raining down on local media. Here's the evidence - as if we ever needed it.
Those of us getting a bit long of tooth and grey of hair always knew this was true. How many of us have watched how broadcasters relentlessly stole and piggy-backed the hard work of local reporters to glam it up and push it out in the then more 'glamorous' media - radio and TV. You can blog, post, twitter, tweet all you like..but at the heart of it is some basic reporting from the stalwarts of news - the local reporters.