Oswego is one of those places that's in our orbit of life. A small, old city grappling with structural budget issues. So two months ago, the Oswego Common Council voted to affirm the Mayor's plan to cut 17 positions in the fire department. It clearly had linkage to Watertown's struggle to realign and reduce the size of it's fire department.
So today the lead story locally was about this two month old development. No problem with the story, but when I see it, I say, didn't I read that in the Post Standard (via Newzjunky) when it happened ?
News is best defined by the first three letters of the word and often our gatekeepers harken to a time past when news could be dispensed when they felt like it. Then they wonder why readership is down. I know some people bristle when this is said by me or others, but these days more than ever, news is a fast moving commodity.
Old geographic boundaries are gone too. There's a need for good local reporting that explores things in depth or at least more in depth than you can get from an aggregator. But it has to be timely.
Watertown Daily Times | Oswego Fire Department forced to cut 17 positions