I grew up in Lansing, MI. There the newspaper is the Lansing State Journal. Well, today they made the announcement that they would be changing around the print edition of their paper.
Sports will begin on the back page of the Local/State section rather than as a stand-alone section.
Lansing is a “Friday Night Lights“-like town where high school (or “prep”) sports is a BIG thing. In Lansing, Michigan State University sports is a BIG thing. It feels like a bit of a tragedy that these are being relegated to a page or two in the back of the local section of the paper.
Seems like this signals an on coming coming void. Local hometown newspapers are starting to fade away. Who’s going to report local news?
There is a real opportunity for a set of local blogs to rise up outside of the major metropolitan areas, (NYC, LA, SF, DC). Who is going to write the local blog for Cheboygan, MI or Erie, PA? Who is going to write the blog about high school and college sports?
People still need their news. Who’s going to create the news business that’ll innovate and thrive in our current economic downturn?