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Published:December 25th, 2008 17:54 EST

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.