Highland Park, IL
Broadcast media lacking. Print media mediocre
The local paper - Pioneer Press - claims to have a paper for each community they serve, when in reality - perhaps 10% of the content (usually less) is targeted toward the actual community. The rest is a re-hash of what can be found online, or that repeated ad nauseum on the nightly broadcast news. There's rarely, if ever, any investigative journalism and typically just a recounting of what went on at a City Council or other governmental body meeting (all of which is available from the various bodies websites).
The broadcast news is fairly worthless. Gone are the days of Fahey Flynn, Walter Jacobson, and the other great newscasters of the day. The nightly news is all sensationalistic tripe, more entertainment than actual news.
Give me real INVESTIGATIVE journalism. Give me the background as to WHY something is being proposed, give me a BALANCED, UNBIASED report - give the pros and cons. If taxes are going up - WHY? What's good about it? What's bad?
While shootings, drug use, baby dumping, etc. are all bad things per se - they're not daily news. We live in a metro area of millions. Stuff's going to happen. It's probably going to happen EVERY day. What else happened besides the same ole same ole? Better yet, what's being done to change the same ole same ole to something better? That's what NEWS has to report on.
But alas, they don't. So thank goodness for bloggers who can give a decent opinion biased or not. There's tons of them, so one can search and find information on the topic at hand. But they typically do it for little to no pay - that needs to change.
Local radio is a joke. Broadcast news on the radio is a 5 minute rehash of traffic, sports scores, and some claimed "top story" - nothing investigative there either since Radio all got bought out by Clear Channel.
Fixing radio is easy: Support and legalize low power local FM radio licenses
Fixing newspaper is easy: Mandate an unbiased story except for editorials signed by the editor.
Fixing Broadcast is easy: Mandate unbiased reporting