Local news is a public service

“Deep local coverage is as essential as any other public service that local governments provide. Local journalists hold wrongdoers accountable, as police do; they respond in emergencies as surely as the fire department does; they let people know where and when to gather, just like the parks department; and they provide context and knowledge as certainly as the local library does.”

Why taxpayers should pay for local news (Zocalo)

Having moved from Toronto to Durham Region, I’m really missing the depth of local news coverage. The local news site, DurhamRegion.com, is paywalled by Metroland Media.