New News: Journalism We Want and Need (.pdf), a study of local news coverage by Chicago's Community Media Workshop, reports that local news coverage is declining in the city's major news outlets.
The CMW used local news keywords to search the print editions of the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune from 1986 to the present. They found that local news keywords decreased after a peak in 1994, except for corruption and bribery.
The study was commissioned and funded by the Chicago Community Trust, a Knight Foundation grantee. It ranked'Chi-Town Daily News'first among Chicago's news sites, excluding the web sites of large media outlets like the Tribune and the Sun-Times.
Check out the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy and the Knight Community Information Challenge to learn more about local news sites in your community.