March, 02 1999
NEW YORK (AP) - Many newspapers and magazines are increasing the amount of original material on their Web sites, part of a shift toward using the Internet as a unique medium rather than an alternate distribution system.
In a survey released Tuesday, 58% of newspapers and magazines had a Web site. Of those, 31% used original material for at least half their online content - more than four times the number of publications that did so in 1996. 2% of journalists said they had no access to the Internet and only 5% said they never or almost never went online.
Many journalists are going online to get story ideas. Amazingly, LISTSERVS, email, the Web, and Usenet Newsgroups were named by 9% of all respondents as their primary source of story ideas together about the same as newswires