Sometimes the people you think can or are making a difference aren’t the ones truly making the difference.
The person in the newspaper getting the credit isn’t necessarily the person who is responsible for getting things done.
Some people want the credit, others want to get things done. Sometimes they are the same people, frequently they are not.
Figure out who is actually getting things done and work with them (or be one of them) and be willing to give the credit to the others. If you can do that, everyone benefits.
Have a great day!