I'm launching a local news site for the Atlanta area in the spring of 2015. The focus is going to be on explanatory journalism and a kind of news known as "slow news". Explanatory journalism attempts to explain the issues behind the headlines a bit more systematically, and "slow news" means that I won't have an emphasis on fast breaking headline news stories, but will slow the pace to a more steady and deliberate speed.
The title of the publication is the somewhat whimsical "Atlanta Tortoise" with the slogan will be "Slow news is the best news."
I'm starting with no staff other than myself, and will depend on buying articles from freelance writers to provide the copy that I don't have time to research and write myself.
But I want to pose a series of questions to those of you who read this. I'm trying to get an idea of what the public thinks is lacking in current news coverage, and the sort of stories they pay attention to in existing media. The publication will center on Atlanta, but people from other cities and regions, and even other countries can answer as well, because I suspect that good ideas can come from anyone's experience with local news from any location.
What topics do you think are not getting adequate coverage by local news media?
What is the first thing you read when you look at media which covers local news? (for example: sports? politics? entertainment? self-improvement articles?)
What topics would you read regularly if someone offered them on a consistent basis?
Do you have ideas on how the coverage of specific subjects from local media could be made better (For example: Do you think coverage of education issues help you to make decisions about controversies in local school systems? Do you think the particular sports the local media covers are the ones you like to follow?)
Those are very general questions, and the answers will obviously depend on your specific enthusiasms and interests. But I'm interested in getting responses from a wide range of people.