Localization or nonspecification?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/education/chicago-says-it-will-close-54-public-schools.html?hp&_r=0

Some articles are better localized, and can have a more powerful effect on readers when doing this. This however would be more typical of smaller local newspaper. 

 

That said, I can’t help wondering if this would be better spent focusing not only on the Chicago closings, but what is going on every where else. Most people know education systems are suffering, but why? It seems like a little more in depth investigative reporting and you’ve got something that is suddenly applicable not only to Chicago, but to the whole country. The language in the article gives some insight to the fact that school systems are suffering, and some insight as to why… but it can’t be that localized, right? It has to be everywhere, or at least, more widespread than anyone wants to admit. It seems like this piece could be better served if the coverage of Chicago led in to issues within the education system and other schools country wide.

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