Newspapers have grown to grudgingly embrace commentary, and have spent a lot of time trying to attract people to leave comments on their site. If you are unlucky, the commentary is awful; if you are lucky, one comment in two is worth reading, and perhaps one in twenty is better than the story itself.
The practice of blogging lends itself to well-sourced quotations from other sources. If the comment is better than the story, then lead with your well-linked clip of the comment itself. How much more fun it is to pull the good discussion out of the morass, even if the lede is barely noteworthy.
This inspired by Jordan Miller's plea for more sandwich stories (and fewer pet stories) in one of Ann Arbor's online publications. Since I make or eat perhaps a dozen sandwiches in a week, I'm all for this.