When I was in high school, we used to get two different newspapers.
They carried all of the same stories. I'm not sure that my parents knew what they were doing when they insisted on getting more than one newspaper delivered to the house every morning. But I suspect that they might have known.
I took advantage of it, and usually read both papers every morning. What I found interesting was how stories were often presented differently from one paper to another.
It turned me into a bit of a skeptic when it comes to the media. It also had me wishing that newspapers would take active steps to improve.
I usually look at a dozen or so papers everyday now. With so many papers are on the web, I recongize that most of them that aren't taking as much of an advantage of online opportunities as they could.
CyberJournalist.net has a great list titled: 101 ways to improve your news site. These are excellent suggestions. If a news site adopted even half of these, they would find themselves amongst the best sites on the web.
Funny, but the best benefits may come from getting more involved with the community that surrounds them.