Local papers can attract ridicule at times. The stereo-typical “Cat stuck up tree” headlines are good for a laugh – “Reading man almost wins lottery” is the most comical genuine example I can remember. But I think the local press is a really important part of the community, keeping us informed, entertained and providing some scrutiny over local councils and institutions. Last week saw the relaunch of GetReading, the former Reading Post, or former former Evening Post, as In Your Area. Recent years have certainly seen a significant shake-up in the newspaper industry, local papers especially, and this latest initiative, with Reading as a guinea pig, is a nationally significant development. Here are my observations.