There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned on its head as all news is becoming local.
For instance, when New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announces the easing of restrictions on indoor dining restrictions in the state, reporters typically contact local restaurant owners to get their perspective on the development.
When Ali Marpet, a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who played high school football player from a small town in upstate New York, made it to the Super Bowl, he became as much a part of the story as Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes for the local media.