Local news and sports still matter.
Arguably they matter more now than ever.
Sadly local journalism is almost extinct.
Over the last few months we have seen first hand the importance of supporting local.
Unfortunately that just isn’t the case in the world journalism.
Large mainstream media corporations across Canada and our region are laying off amazing local journalists and reporters at an alarming clip due to the uncertainty surrounding our time and perhaps the business.
Has the writing been on the wall?
Are mainstream news conglomerates behind the times when it comes to their online presence and footprint or has the horrific COVID-19 pandemic eliminated the need for local news, sports and feel good stories?
Some may argue that they have seen this coming for years and that paywalls or limited access on featured articles are the main culprit for the crippling decline of print media.
More and more people are getting their news and sports from other platforms.
Is it reliable?
Is it trustworthy?
Is it factual?
Does any of that even matter?
Are Newspapers a thing of the past?
Has print media died?
Obviously a global pandemic has shattered sports journalism and have left some of the best writers in its wake.
These unprecedented times have only reinforced the need for local stories, but yet there’s no one to write them.
Precious local stories aren’t being told, shared or celebrated.
Local sports and news is quickly fading, with those diehard followers wondering why.
I didn’t know it at the time, but all the sport writers and reporters I read and watched as a kid have influenced my journey into journalism.
Local content is rare, it’s more special than you think.
The trip to the local rink to see the games next great will always be unique.
The best stories are often the ones that are right in front of us, that impact our families, our communities, our culture and our lives.
Local sports and news coverage still means something to me.
It should still mean something to all of us.
It’s too late to play the blame game. It’s too late to wonder why. Local sports and news stories will always matter, but they are about to die.