The global news landscape has devoured the minds of news readers around the world for the past 10 years. As the Internet became a worldwide sensation and billions of people hopped on board for the ride, once obscure social networking sites became THE place to go for news stories. What your next door neighbor has to say about the latest football game suddenly became as relevant as what a local newspaper sports editor has to say after thoughtful reflection and research. It’s like news began to start churning out off the top of someone’s thoughts instead of after careful, deliberate research and writing.
Thankfully, local newspapers still have a permanent place in all of our lives. Local news in West Los Angeles is one such good example of this. If you’re a resident of the West LA area, you know exactly what kind of environment that you enjoy or don’t enjoy so much. There’s always something going on. Located in two different places in Los Angeles, both commercial and residential, this important part of LA is always ripe for a good news story.
Keeping up with local news in the area is important. Not only do you learn about vital alerts about any local events (fires in the area, traffic jams, crimes), but you also get to feel a sense of pride as you learn exactly what’s going on in your immediate area. There’s a certain pride in reading local news that just doesn’t come by reading social or news commentary by a stranger thousands of miles away from you. How can they know what it’s like in West LA?
Local news captures a mood that global or national news just can’t capture. People who read local news stories find themselves connected to the news in a way that a global audience won’t. You will read about local businesses that you visit everyday, local leaders who you might come in contact with, local crimes that might have impacted the lives of people you know, or local sports teams that you’re cheering on in person. All in all, it’s a more powerful, personal experience than the global news stories churned out everyday that we very often can’t relate to. Thankfully, local news continues to have an important place in the world and isn’t likely to go away any time in the near future.