- Less than a third of the paper was locally-created content; the majority came from the Associated Press and other syndicated sources.
- Less than half of the locally-created content (not including sports) was written by the paper's hard news reporters; the rest came from columnists, covering topics such as cooking, travel, etc.
- The paper has only six hard news reporters, out of a staff of 59. Every reporter filed at least one story that day; three of the six filed two stories.
- The paper also has 11 sports reporters, including one dedicated only to high school sports.
The core function of the newspaper for its readers is fulfilled by the 17 reporters and the editors assigned to them. If you want to provide a local, web-based news service, you'll need those 17 reporters and their editors. If you've got several of these local services, you can have a centralized team that adds content from syndicated services, lays out and populates the websites, and manages the IT infrastructure.
If you're someone like Comcast that already has a national local advertising sales team (Spotlight), you can handle local and national advertising sales for the news service through the salesforce you already have. Thus, you can build a local news service on the cheap using experienced, professional journalists, and with national reach.