A local story with a global twist

I was cleaning out some old links and files and ran across this

New York Manhole Covers, Forged Barefoot in India from 2007.

Granted, this story comes from the New York Times’ New Delhi correspondent but it could have come from a New York City reporter just as easily.

So many bean counters and “less than enlightened” editors keep shouting the way to save newspapers is to go local local local and ignore international (and for some) national news.

What a crock.

I’m not going to get into the business models of newspapers v. the Internet.

Rather I want to look at the content. And as Austin Kiplinger recently told the Society of Professional Journalists, we are in the content business.

With so many things that we depend on coming from other countries, why aren’t we looking at what is going on in those countries?

There are a lot of us freelancers who would love to write more stories about the links between Main Street and the rest of the world. Now if the publishers and editors would just make the space.


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