My local newspaper, The Southwest Community Connection, ran a center-package story about the novel this week! Very nice.
And here’s the thing to know about small, non-daily newspapers: more and more Americans are using them to get the news that really matters to them. President Obama says something, and 130 newspapers and a half dozen wire services, and scores of TV, cable and radio stations jump on it. So does the so-called blog-o-sphere.
The Gresham School Board makes a decision that affects your kid’s chances of, say, getting into a quality music program, the only news source for that is The Gresham Outlook. Notice a new building going up across from you in West Linn? The West Linn Tidings is the only newspaper on that story.
Anecdotal proof: I walked into Multnomah Village to get an extra copy of the Connection for my folks when I guy I worked with 15 years ago sees me from across the street, runs over, and says he saw the article in the local paper. I took my recycling downstairs and someone in my condo building and clipped it out and pinned it on a corkboard. Don’t know who.
That’s local news.