There is a certain happiness sighted when your bus comes along. It is of course a small specialized form of happiness and will never be a great thing.

-Richard Brautigan, The Old Bus

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

All news is local

Former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill coined the phrase "all politics is local." It works the same with news.

The Wikipedia article on O'Neill's quote explains that the phrase "encapsulates the principle that a politician's success is directly tied to his ability to understand and influence the issues of his constituents. Politicians must appeal to the the simple, mundane and everyday concerns of those that elect them into office. Those personal matters not big and intangible ideas are often what voters care most about, according to this principle."

The same is true for news organizations and others who would serve the needs of their community. It's the mundane and everyday concerns that matter most. That's why I welcome the addition of Sacramento Press to the local news scene.

Georff Samek and Ben Ilfeld have a vision for a micro-targeted neighborhood reporting that could revolutionize the meaning of community news.

I wish them good fortune.

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