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Step1Our news media is owned now by major corporations such as General Electric, Westinghouse and Walt Disney. How can you find out who owns what?
Step2There are a number of sites on the web such as Columbia Journalism Review and Whoownsthenews.com that give a breakdown of what major corporations own what media in the country. Since the deregulation of the media that has happened in the past few years, many more local news outlets of all kinds are owned by one company.
Step3To find out who owns you local paper read the fine print, usually on the first page that states something like "a Newscorp company" etc. Google these names to find the parent company that owns your local paper.