Congratulations to Herb Jackson, Washington correspondent for the [New Jersey] Record.
He not only understands the idea that there is a connection between international and local events, he knows how to dig into the various databases to get the numbers to back up the link.
He did what I and a few others have been arguing for a long time. He took information already on hand from the wire services, looked up some data and did some local interviews.
Without spending extra money to send someone overseas, the readers of the Record got a news story that was specific to their local area AND showed how the New Jersey economy depended on global trade.
This is called providing context.
It would be nice to see more LOCAL reporting like this.
Too often most Americans don’t know or care about global events. In part, this is because the U.S. media don’t show enough intelligence to provide the context of why understanding what goes on in Brazil or Japan or Germany means to the local reader/listener/viewer.
Again, congrats to Herb Jackson for being a good journalist who sees connections vital to his readership.