Newspapers are beginning to use Local Matters materials and ideas to tell readers and non-readers alike about the importance of community-based journalism. Georgia Press Association developed the Local Matters movement so newspapers could build on a common theme — that communities with newspapers are better informed and better places to live because of the important work done by these local institutions. While the theme may be universal, the ways newspapers can choose to use the Local Matters material are all their own. Checks out some of the ways newspapers are using Local Matters in the examples below, and send your ideas to GPA for inclusion on this page by emailing them

MainStreet Newspapers:
MainStreet Newspapers House Ad 2
MainStreet Newspapers We’ll be there football
MainStreet Newspapers House Ad

The Brunswick News:
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House Ad 1
House Ad 2
Testimonial Ad 1
Testimonial Ad 2
Testimonial Ad 3
Testimonial Ad 4

The Northeast Georgian, Cornelia:

The Berrien Press:
Berrien Press Local Matters Santa Claus ad

The Blackshear Times:
Blackshear Times House Ad with Robert M. Williams Jr.

Upson Beacon, Thomaston:
Help wanted ad, House ad, Sign

The Northeast Georgian, Cornelia:
Publisher Alan NeSmith’s column from Aug. 30

The Northeast Georgian, Cornelia:
Publisher Alan NeSmith’s column from June 23

The Press-Sentinel, Jesup:
Jesup Press-Sentinel Local Matters House Ad

Franklin County Citizen Leader, Lavonia:
Franklin County Citizen Leader Local Matters Full Page

The Oconee Enterprise, Watkinsville, football tab ad:
Watkinsville Oconee Enterprise football tab ad

The Newnan Times-Herald editorial Sept. 16:
Newnan Times-Herald Local Matters

The Berrien Press print and digital ads:
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LM 1-4 page 0906
LM 6×2 ad BP

The Darien News news page Aug. 31:
Darien News Operation Mc-In-Clean

Click here to see Local Matters supporting copy examples.

Click here to see the Local Matters toolkit and learn more about how it can work for your newspaper.

Click here to find Local Matters material and ideas to use for your newspaper.