Wherever you may live, chances are that somewhere in the house, the daily news (not to be confused with The Daily News) is present, whether the boob tube is playing loudly in the kitchen, or a newspaper's out on the coffee table in the living room. And, chances are, said news is national or international. Was there a terrorist attack today? Did the stock market crash again? Has the president made an executive agreement with another country? Through the news, you know.
Oftentimes, however, the local news is left in the dust of the terrorist attacks, the stock market crashes, and the president's executive agreements. This is a sad realization, because the local news matters just as much as (if not more than) the national and international news. Why, you ask?
Well, because, simply put, you live locally more than you live nationally or internationally. When a friend asks where you live, you don't say "The United States of America," "North America," "The Northern Hemisphere," or "Earth" as often as you say what town or city you reside in. That simple fact alone says a lot about who you are: an individual member of a local community.
If that's not enough, remember that as a resident of, say, Smallville (for lack of better phrasing, and for Superman fans), local events directly affect you more than that terrorist attack, or that stock market crash, or that executive agreement. I'll prove it to you in the simplest way possible: a potential example.
Let's say that Smallville is beginning a new tradition: having a circus come to town annually. The Smallville Times writes a brief synopsis indicating that the show will be running for all of next week, and your kids love the circus. Well, why not go, then? Were it not for the trusty local newspaper, you may have never known that the circus would be swinging through town. Even in a big city like NYC, the same sort of scenario can play out.
Also, as a local, there's a very good chance that you yourself can make the news! Undoubtedly, even if you're just in the background of a story's photo, it can be exciting. But in all seriousness, your chances of getting yourself out there are bigger in terms of local news. If you start a new town club or organization, run a fundraiser, or open a new pet store, you will most certainly attract the undivided attention of news outlets like us here at the Eastchester HamletHub.
It's also important to note that people care about what happens in their town, either because they simply want to know the goings-on, or because they want to participate in the goings-on. And why wouldn't they? After all, they live there.
So remember, dear readers, that next time that there's a terrorist attack, a stock market crash, or a new executive agreement, at the same time, there could very well be a cupcake sale tomorrow.
Local news matters...
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