Just about any community paper can do a story about a church or civic group going to Honduras or the Dominican Republic to run a dental clinic or build houses for the poor. (About half of the stories in the US media about the DR are just these type. The other half are about baseball players.)
But what really makes a connection between local news and global events is good old business. Bottom line: Does the global connection mean jobs in a U.S. town?
Mlive.com has a great little story about how a medium-sized company in a medium-sized Michigan city has a business deal with other countries. The deals are worked out through a local charity (another angle for the story) but most important to the global-local connection, the deal means jobs in Michigan.
Add to this the fact that the company, HydrAid, exports all of its products overseas.
Without saying so directly, the Mlive.com story points out the link between Grand Rapids, Mich., and a dozen or so countries AND the importance of international trade to a small-medium sized company.
Now there are links that work and won’t get lost in “compassion fatigue.”
I would bet that similar examples of small-town business connections to the rest of the world can be found just as easily. If people would just open their eyes.