All local newspapers seem to devote a lot of their print space to national issues, largely duplicating the same coverage you can get anywhere. I've definitely had reporters tell me there's just no market for local coverage. No one wants to read about zoning board meetings. But, you know, I want to read about zoning board meetings! To do so I generally have to read local bulletin boards because the press isn't covering them.
Obviously it isn't just about zoning board meetings, but the point is that I don't see a lot of effort to improve coverage of local news. Maybe there is no business model there, but who is even trying?