South San Francisco, CA
My city of 60,000 has no local newspaper. As a result our citizens are uninformed about local issues with city government and schools.
A couple of years ago I started a local Yahoo Group called SouthCityUSA.
There members can post about what's going on in our community and discuss issues.
I created an ongoing Google Alert for "South San Francisco" and I post links to pertinent news stories that appear in the San Francisco Chronicle, or other nearby newspapers and television broadcasts that mention our city, as well as press releases and city government meetings and agendas.
It's not real journalism, but at least I and our readers have an idea what's going on in our city.