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Published:March 14th, 2011 13:32 EST

The Internet Is Making Newspapers Obsolete

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Percentage of people who get news online at least three times a week has surpassed newspapers for first time.

The rapid growth of smartphones and electronic tablets is making the internet favourite for people seeking news, a report released today said.


News consumption online increased 17 per cent last year from the year before, the project said in its eighth annual State of the News Media survey.

Meanwhile, US local, network and cable television news, newspapers, radio and magazines all lost audience last year, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, a research organisation that evaluates and studies the performance of the press."

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I`ve had a love affair with newspapers since I was a child. I used to deliver newspapers when I was in grade school, so I could earn a few bucks to buy comic books, candy and baseball cards.

One of my greatest thrills in my career was when one of my essays was published in the Oakland Tribune, a newspaper that I used to read when I was a young boy.

I write for a newspaper, but I realize that newspapers are an anachronism, and will soon go the way of the VCR and the typewriter. Thousands read my newspaper articles, but millions have read my online editorials over the last decade.

Technology has made newspapers nearly obsolete. If I want the latest breaking news on the earthquake in Japan, I turn on CNN or I logon to my computer and google "Japan." Buying a newspaper for the latest news makes as much sense as using carrier pigeons to correspond with your girlfriend. By the time the newspaper lands on your front porch the news it contains is already stale.

As a consumer of news and as a writer who provides content to several Web sites, the death of the newspaper will have little to no impact on me. I have no nostalgia for the VCR, the DVR is a quantum leap improvement. Publishers, writers and readers must adapt to the changing times.

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