Local papers could become a thing of the
past as the Internet takes over their functions.
Harvard University professor Thomas Patterson said in a report on the year-long study issued by Harvard's Shorenstein centre on the Press, Politics and Public Policy that as online use has increased, the audiences of older media have declined.
He told AFP newspaper circulation had fallen by three percent, broadcast news has lost a million viewers. Meanwhile, the numbers of people using the Internet as a news source have increased.
Small newspapers could have difficulty holding on to even their web audience unless they start including national and international news.