News on the Net

According to a study, entitled 'Creative Destruction: An Exploratory Look and News on the Internet', by Harvard's Shorenstein Centre on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, news audiences are ditching television and newspapers and using the Internet as their main source of information, in a trend that could eventually see the demise of local papers.

In the past year alone newspaper circulation has fallen by three per cent, broadcast news has lost a million viewers. Meanwhile, the numbers of people using the Internet as a news source have increased exponentially, in some cases. Traffic to websites that post news produced by a third source, including search engines and service providers, aggregators, such as or, which use software to monitor and post web content; and blogs, increased across the board between April 2006 and the same month in 2007.


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