Changing Reporters' Beats--With a Focus on Local

Sanchez, Rene
December 2007
Nieman Reports;Winter2007, Vol. 61 Issue 4, p52
The article presents a first person account by one of the editors of the "Minneapolis Star-Tribune" newspaper of Minneapolis, Minnesota on how the newspaper has attempted to focus on local news coverage while still maintaining its standards for editorial quality. The increased competition from national news organizations and their Web sites indicates that local news is one area where a newspaper can concentrate its limited resources in producing information unavailable elsewhere. Local news probably benefits from a different approach to coverage than any other aspect of a newspaper In many instances "local news" are stories with national and/or international implications which had tended to be overlooked in the past, but now serve as an invaluable supplement to broader stories presented in other media.


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