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I've always assumed that the printing press has spread to most cosmopolitan cities, and a newspaper of sorts could be found. This would be a folded single page, with a sensational (if not completely fictional) headline and illustration, then more mundane daily information below the fold. In major cities, there's anywhere from two to a dozen competing papers, each trying to outsell the competitor with increasingly fantastic tails and filthy scandals. Fantasy newspapers might include adventuring tips, tales of heroism, and mercenary classifieds (both offering and hiring).
An adventuring party might earn a gp wage digging up stories for a local paper - if not actively causing calamities for the paper to report on ("You supply the woodcarvings, I'll supply the adventurers"). They might be targeted by those in power, or by a rival paper. Secret organizations might not take too kindly to their published reveal. The editor-in-chief could turn out to be a two-fisted lich.
There's some ideas here. I like.