He said that, "unless some entity comes along and does what local newspapers have been doing all these years, we're gonna have corruption at a level we've never experienced. ... So many papers now can't afford to have a beat reporter. ... To cover city hall, you have to be there every day and ... know the overall story, not just report what happens on a particular day."Austin Beutner I agree. Without the beat reporters who know the ins-and-outs of the stories and communities they live in, local readers will lose important coverage. But I disagree when he says we need a new entity to come along to replace or centralize local papers. That view overlooks the broader role that local papers now play in connecting their hometown communities to the world around them. In California, for example, Dodgers fans don't only live in Los Angeles. Diners in Santa Monica restaurants, shoppers in stores on Rodeo Drive, concertgoers at Staples Center and home buyers in San Marino aren't all local residents; many of them are tourists from China and elsewhere in the world. And, for every Angeleno interested in national education policy, there's someone elsewhere in the nation who wants to know what is actually happening at schools in L.A.