This is a community rich in people - and those people have rich stories to tell. Unraveling those stories is at the root of journalism. Sometimes those stories can be provoked by asking the right questions: the whos, whats, wheres, whens and whys. Other times it requires tips from community sources. In some cases, it requires deeper probing.
While reporters have long been the "watchdogs" of public accountability, few likely know that most of the information journalists rely on to develop stories is readily accessible to them - as long as you know where to look.