Keep Better Track of Local News via Newspaper Websites and Home Delivery Today many people think that print is dead and as long as they have their smartphone or tablet with them they will be able to get all the information they require. While technology is amazing and offers many conveniences, a real newspaper is also something that’s important to have around. It never needs re-charging and can be folded up into a small size for portability. A good way to track local news is to get home delivery of the newspaper for background articles and indepth reading. A newspaper’s website can be used to obtain up-to-the-minute news such as ongoing coverage of breaking news stories. Online news sites are also good places to find local weather forecasts. In Mansfield, OH for example, there are some newspapers that provide extensive coverage of all of the Richland County news. These papers also offer websites that can keep people up-to-date on late sports scores, business stories, traffic tie-ups and more. Whether one lives in Ohio or elsewhere, a newspaper subscription and access to the paper’s website offers a comprehensive way to track the news. A good example of how a print subscription and online local news access work together involves following local sports. One may know that a high school basketball game is taking place tonight. The newspaper will have a breakdown of what to expect in the game, i.e. players and key moments to watch for. As the game gets underway, the local paper’s website may be live blogging the event. Or it may have a feed of the actual call of the game. The next day one can read the print newspaper’s account of the game for a wrap up. Another useful scenario where a print newspaper and its companion website are handy is for tracking weather events. Today in some cases several days warning is given before major weather events. If a newspaper says to monitor forecasts later in the week for more information, one can keep checking the newspaper’s website for weather updates. Some of the websites offer sophisticated weather radar and hazardous weather warnings. A few sites even let people sign up for email alerts so they can keep informed of impending weather events. Still another good use of the tandem of newspapers and local news websites is when a new theater show or musical comes to town. The newspaper may offer a preview of the event. It may point readers to where they can purchase tickets online. The paper may show several photos of the event to whet the appetite of readers. It will often then direct readers to the newspaper’s website that offers audio and video about the show. The day after the show the newspaper
usually will offer a review of the program and perhaps even mention when the performers will be playing in the area again. With all of the communications advances in our modern era, it’s no wonder that some people think that print newspapers are antiquated. Actually a print newspaper used in combination with its website offers people a comprehensive way to keep track of local news. Using electronic news sources can be the most efficient way to track breaking news stories as they happen. These local stories can then be followed up on in a print newspaper for additional background and analysis. It’s recommended that people call their local newspaper and ask about special subscription offers that may be available. Some include e-editions where people can get an electronic copy of the newspaper. Other subscription offers allow people to get unrestricted access to the newspaper’s entire website. About the Author: Grace Thurmond offers her expertise on how to track local news based on her years working for a Mansfield, OH community newspaper.