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Online Newspaper

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An online newspaper is the online version of a newspaper, either as a stand-alone publication or as the online version of a printed periodical. Going online created more opportunities for newspapers, such as competing with broadcast journalism in presenting breaking news in a more timely manner. The credibility and strong brand recognition of well-established newspapers, and the close relationships they have with advertisers, are also seen by many in the newspaper industry as strengthening their chances of survival.[1] The movement away from the printing process can also help decrease costs.


An early example of an "online-only" newspaper or magazine was (PLATO) News Report, an online newspaper created by Bruce Parrello in 1974 on the PLATO System at the University of Illinois. The first newspaper to go online was The Columbus Dispatch on July 1, 1980. Beginning in 1987, the Brazilian newspaper Jornaldodia ran on the state-owned Embratel network, moving to the Internet in the 1990s. By the late 1990s, hundreds of U.S. newspapers were publishing online versions but did not yet offer much interactivity.[2] One example is Britain's Weekend City Press Review, which provided a weekly news summary online beginning in 1995.

Today, online news has become a huge part of society which leads people to argue whether or not it is good for society.[3] Austra Taylor, the author of the popular book, The Peoples Platform, argues that online news does not provide the detail needed to fully understand what actually happened. It is more just a fast summary to inform people what happened but does not give a solution or fixation to the problem.


Online newspapers, like printed newspapers, have legal restrictions regarding libel, privacy, and copyright, which also apply to online publications in most countries as in the UK.[4] Also, the UK Data Protection Act applies to online newspapers and news pages. Up to 2014, the PCC ruled in the UK, but there was no clear distinction between authentic online newspapers and forums or blogs. In 2007, a ruling was passed to formally regulate UK-based online newspapers, news audio, and news video websites covering the responsibilities expected of them and to clear up what is, and what isn't an online news publication.[5]

Online-only Newspapers[edit]

An online-only paper has no print-media connections. An example is the UK Southport Reporter, introduced in 2000—a weekly regional newspaper that is not produced or run in any format other than 'soft-copy' on the Internet by its publishers, PCBT Photography.[6] Another early example is "Bangla2000", also introduced in 2000, which was uploaded twice daily from Bangladesh and Edited by Tukun Mahmud Nurul Momen. Unlike the UK Southport Reporter, it was not a regional newspaper. ran international, economic, and sports news as well, simultaneously. The largest library in the world Library of Congress archived it subsequently.

Hybrid Newspapers[edit]

Hybrid newspapers are predominantly focused on online content but also produce a print form. Trends in online newspapers indicate publications may switch to digital methods, especially online newspapers in the future.[7] The New York Times is an example of this model of the newspaper as it provides both a home delivery print subscription and a digital one as well. There are some newspapers that are predominantly online but also provide limited hard-copy publishing. Other trends indicate that this business model is being adopted by many newspapers with the growth of digital media.