ABSTRACT

For more than 300 years, newspapers have been the most comprehensive news medium around. Although they have lost much of their immediacy and some of their audience to radio, TV and the web, newspapers still provide unparalleled depth of information, particularly in local news. Only magazines and websites can equal newspapers here, but few magazines are available for the interpretation of local news, and most, although not all, quality local news sites are run by newspapers. In almost every city on Earth, the largest news staff is that of the local newspaper, often exceeding the size of all local broadcast station staffs combined.