The enduring strength of newspapers is their local coverage. Your newspaper - yes in a sense it is your newspaper - covers community news items, happenings, local finances, local entertainment, even local obituaries. The reality is that your newspaper can use more sources than any form of media - second to the professional reporters, the major source for your newspaper’s local coverage is you.
News lead come from your fire department, school, Elks Club, library, the owner of a new business just opening.
News is an open market. But locally, it is a market too closed to be of interest to national news providers Your newspaper provides much needed hyper-local news and information; typically not found anywhere else. Can you find coverage of your high school team on the national television news … probably not.
Some news sources have to be monitored and judged. Facebook may be interesting, but it can be abused. No laws regulate the accuracy of what Aunt May heard from someone down at the diner. How many times can something be forwarded before the original sending is no longer able to be found? Then, if you want to quote something, it could be difficult to find it again, especially if someone is trying to delete it. Agreed, once something is sent to hyperspace, it is always in hyperspace, the world wide web, but sometimes refinding it takes a master hacker.
Your local newspaper is tangible, in hard print, held to accountability. It is regulated for accuracy. It is news you want to read, mostly because it affects you.