I had an encounter with our little news paper near the end of it's life. They wanted to interview me after seeing something I posted on Twitter about there not being any heat in the building and us literally being painfully cold as it had turned brutally cold that night and the heat was left off.
See the guy came over asked me about it and I gave all the details of it. There was more than just me talking about it on Twitter as well, so you can see it's not just me saying "I'm cold". Yet they decided to not run the story.
The thing is they spent at least my lifetime not rocking the boat here in town. There where to say the least as far back as I remember not a relevant publication when it came to news.
There was in the past also a forum for city folks to post on, on the internet. It was well used and well viewed in it's day. Many rather use it to find out what is happening that read the paper.
There was a time a bunch of us where talking about a rather large raid the cops had done. In that time for some reason the paper had this thing where they would not admit the city had issues with drugs you see - so no mention of it even though many people saw it happening.
Another time there was the issue of a photo I took and posted on the forum, it was of a sign on the south side of the city. Well the reported lifted it and published it with his story. This as well lost them a great deal of the little bit of respect they had in the community.
The point here is not to bitch that they did not publish a story or they took a photo that was not theirs. The thing here is, if you want to be relevant you need to keep up with all of the news and not just pick the ones that are fluffy and fun to publish. You need to show the discontent of people and the mood of the crowd now and then and yes that there is a problem with some things here.
Lets face it the day of print is at it's end. The news paper is a thing of the past. There could have been a move to a web based service with very few people working there - but that was out of the question I guess. For one thing you would need to be more popular in the community and talk about things that don't always show a positive light on said community. But the point is mute.