I, for one, like the kind of news reporting that connects with people on the street who have an important direct or indirect role to play in the story. While I would like to ideally see more in place of what Stephen Shepherd calls hyper local news where reporters touch base with local community concerns on a daily basis, that is not going to practically happen on a large scale. What we might see is new coverage where reporters from big news services go in and get the big news as it happens on Main Street as it breaks, with locals providing their own important input. This form, in order to be informative, must last longer than the thirty-second sound or image byte that many of us are becoming accustomed to with news packaging by groups like the CBC, CTV, and Global. What happens too often is that news agencies borrow each other’s news clips and use them as fillers, saving their money for exclusively covering the really sensational ones that could potentially boost their Neilson ratings. NPR, in the US, is a mega public organization committed to generating national debate on a wide-range of issues. To facilitate that goal, its news services uses all kinds of tactics and techniques to tap into the public conscious at the local level, regardless of color, creed, or status. As I listen more and more to this fine news service, I am reminded that, while there is much that Canadians deplore about the excesses of American culture and sensational news coverage(CNN), they don’t begin to hold a candle to its ability to understand the scope of the serious issues impacting local communities, whether it be through the circulation of local rags, the airing of radio broadcasts, the beaming of public TV (PBS) or the presenting of talk shows. With the looming sequester effect about to take hold in America this coming week, it seems that every community across the country has some kind of democratic voice representing its varied and conflicting interests at the table. In Canada, we have avoided creating that kind of political dissonance that might erupt from explosive issues such as Northern Gateway or Attawapitak by limiting coverage to mass-media events like press conferences, demonstrations and staged interviews. There is a new generation of journalists and reporters who have come on stream who need to take the democratic experiment out into the highways and by-ways to tap into the real sentiments of ordinary Canadians to determine how we shape up as a nation. I want to know if the silent majority has another take on things that allows me see that life doesn’t always come down to them vs. us scenario. Who knows but that the elusive solutions to life’s many little challenges might still lie out there because it has yet to be reported on.