The future of news is baby bats

I'm a firm believer that while large, national newspapers suffer challenging economic times, local papers will continue to flourish by dominating their small local markets....

I'm a firm believer that while large, national newspapers suffer challenging economic times, local papers will continue to flourish by dominating their small local markets. Most of the leaders of large newspaper companies think so too, and continue to push their papers to devote more coverage to local issues.

But what will this mean for the quality of news that we all receive? Over the last few days, the war in Iraq has raged on, Scooter Libby's sentence has been commuted, and President Bush has met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to hammer out key strategic issues facing both countries. I turned to my prototype small, local paper-- my hometown St. Augustine (FL) Record-- to see how they have been informing the populace of the latest important developments. Some stories:

Commission puts an end to golf cart controversy

Teacher pursues 'endangered' foods

Beetle invades county trees

Abandoned baby bats getting expert care

Thank God for the internet.

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