Local News Reporting is Dead, We Tell Why

To help people out on why a matter you seen or heard about wasn’t in the news, the main reason is: local news outlets are going broke. Newspapers print twice a week, radio stations don’t have a local news department and TV stations really don’t cover this area.

If a crime or accident makes it for you to read, it’s either because the police released a statement on the matter or the matter happened during normal business hours.

Poor management is the main reason the news media is doing this bad, bad personal pay and the fact most news outlets are owned by corporations out of state with policies that don’t work for this area. The internet has also hurt news outlets. Who wants to read it in the paper you pay for when you can search it for free on the net.

So let’s break it down:

Newspapers: Up to 20 years ago the local newspaper was the most common way to get your news. They reported on just about everything and people had to fight to get a story printed in the paper. It was the leading way news was reported in a given area. They could cover more stories than TV news or radio stations news.

What happen? The internet and social message boards. (SMB)

People would join a local SMB and talk about an issue and others could add to the story. They would critique a news story reported in the paper to the point that the true story became dissolved and fantasy with humor was the outcome. People would get into internet fights over their viewpoints. Which didn’t help the paper credibility which chased away customers and lowered circulation.

Papers decided to sensationalize, over explain their stories and take a political stand point (often called fake news) to show the reader they had more knowledge to “what happen” than a SMB could find out in a matter and it became their downfall. Mainly because they insulted their readers knowledge and education level.

Today, most papers are owned by corporations from out of state which have policies on what a local paper can print. Papers have very limited staff (maybe 1 or 2 reporters) and if a story breaks that can’t be shared state wide most likely they don’t send people out to report it. They still use law enforcement reports because they are accurate but to go out at 2 am for a story, really doesn’t happen.

Local TV News: Is a way to bring live action that you can see to a news story. They travel around in their vans to get the story. But they too are hurting. The main reason TV news is falling off. The internet. 

What happen? When cable TV first came out, it was a blessing to TV stations. Now they could get into homes that couldn’t before and reach a larger audience. They hired attractive people as eye candy, did live remotes and had meet and greet to their fans.

Today, because of the worry they won’t be politically correct, they only hire normal looking people, they don’t really do remotes anymore and they ask their audience to supply video to stories. They sensationalize nothing news stories to keep the viewer in gauge longer.

The also lost a revenue stream they once had from the cable companies. They were paid big money by cable companies to re-broadcast their local content. Cable companies really don’t pay that much anymore. So TV stations went to streaming their news and selling ads that you have to watch before the news article plays as a revenue. It’s hurt them. Mainly because of YouTube. People would copy the news story and replay it on YouTube for free.

Radio Station News: The days of a station staff member being at the station 24/7 are long gone. 1 person can run a station by themselves which killed the news department. If a station does a “top of the hour” news broadcast, it is supplied by an outside source.

What happen? Years ago the FCC changed their laws that a corporation/person could own more than 1 radio signal in a given area. Corporation bought out the privately owned stations so they could dominate an area.

Sound boards that had to be manned by a person got replaced by computers, everybody was let go as a cost cutting feature which lead to the station doing live remotes and give-aways, a thing of the past.

Because of these actions local content shows were canceled to save operation cost and shows were fed in by means of satellite.

In the North Florida area there is only 1 station that still has locally produced show content that the public can call in to share their thoughts. That station is: Talk 107.5 FM out of Jasper, FL.


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