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Published:December 25th, 2008 17:54 EST
Internet News Sites More Popular Than Newspapers

Internet News Sites More Popular Than Newspapers

By Robert Paul Reyes

"The Internet has surpassed newspapers as the main source for national and international news for Americans, according to a new survey.

Television, however, remains the preferred medium for Americans, according to the survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Center for the People & the Press."

I was a precocious child, from the age of seven or eight, I would sit at my father`s feet while he read the newspaper and when he was done with a section he passed it down to me.

As a teenager and as a young adult I read the newspaper every day, it was a daily ritual as essential as brushing my teeth on a daily basis.

After not having written anything since high school, I started writing in 1998. I was one of the original bloggers, writing for the Internet edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

One of the biggest thrills of my life was when one of my essays was published by the Oakland Tribune, after I had been writing online for only a couple of months.

I was very proud in 2001 when the publisher of a weekly newspaper here in Virginia asked me to join his editorial staff. It`s still a thrill whenever I pick up the newspaper and see my byline.

But I no longer subscribe to a newspaper and only rarely do I pick up a copy of USA Today. I get all of my news from the cable news outlets and from online.

I still write for the weekly newspaper, but I realize that its days are numbered. If the Christian Science Monitor is now only available online, it`s only a matter of time before most newspapers go out of business.

Newspapers belong to a bygone era when time moved at a leisurely pace, the world moves at broadband speed and newspapers just can`t keep up.

I`m not surprised by the results of this survey, newspapers are dying a slow and painful death.

If my dad were alive he would be surprised that I write for a newspaper, and he would be shocked that newspapers are almost obsolete.