The fastest-evolving segment in American newspapers is the one that’s growing at the fastest pace: the online.
The Internet has been making news since the first news stories were written in the ancient world.
In the last century, newspapers were born.
Today, they have the most online readership in the country, but they are growing quickly.
And their digital readership has never been higher.
The internet is the new newspaper.
“We’re the fastest growing newspaper segment,” says James Schindler, chief technology officer at WPT Group, an online publisher of newspapers and magazines.
“It’s growing more quickly than print.”
Schindlers recent research, published in an annual survey, found that in 2014, the average newspaper publisher was paying a monthly subscriber fee of $10.10.
That was up nearly 20 percent from the year before.
Schindlers report shows that newspapers have a long way to go before becoming as familiar to readers as books or magazines.
That’s because newspapers aren’t necessarily written by the same people who create books or newspapers.
The Internet has given them a platform to build up the business of publishing.
For example, there are thousands of independent newspapers and publications, and they are still growing rapidly, says Schinders research.
And they are more than just a paper that gets printed in a city.
“You don’t need to have a printer, you don’t have to have ink, you can use your laptop, you use your phone, you have a mobile phone and you can even download a magazine, and the publisher can do all of that stuff,” he says.
But the internet also gives them a digital platform to deliver the kind of news that people want to read online, says David Z. Fisch, CEO of The New York Times, which is also in the newspaper segment.
In fact, he says, digital news has become more important than ever for the newspaper business in the last few years.
“[The internet] is helping newspapers grow their audience and their revenue,” he tells Newsweek.
“The internet has become the new source of news, and that’s what’s changing newspapers.”
Digital newspapers are gaining traction because they offer more news to readers at lower cost, says Fisch.
In addition to being cheaper to print, digital newspapers often include content that’s not available on paper, which can help readers make up their minds about what’s important to them.
It’s a new era in print publishing, says James W. Brown, professor of journalism at New York University.
Fisch says digital news is a key driver of news in the digital age.
“For newspapers, it’s all about getting the best news at the lowest cost,” he told Newsweek.
When the internet is a part of a newspaper, it makes it more accessible to readers, says Brown.
“That’s how people get involved in newspapers.”
But digital newspapers have also been criticized by some newspapers, including The Washington Post, for their low standards.
In January, the newspaper wrote a letter to the editor calling for a boycott of the online publication The Intercept, because the Intercept had “adopted a policy of publishing content from sources it has not independently verified.”
“The Intercept, like many of its competitors, has adopted a policy that it will not accept material from sources that have not independently vetted the sources,” the letter said.
Other newspapers have criticized The Intercept for publishing material that is not independent, including in an opinion piece in The New Yorker that called the Intercept “the most dangerous news outlet of our time.”
The Intercept did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s request for comment on this story.
On the flip side, the New York Post recently launched a website where readers can see the top newspapers in their city, and it also launched a platform for users to compare the newspaper editions.
Digital news, however, does have its critics.
In a 2016 editorial in The Atlantic, Michael Oreskes, a Harvard professor and Pulitzer Prize winner, wrote that the internet and digital media have given us “a powerful new media source for reporting the news and making informed decisions about how to live our lives.”
It may be that the rise of the internet as a news source is the catalyst for newspapers to change.
“What’s happening in the online news space is an evolution of newspapers,” says Schillers.
So, is the news online good for newspapers?
Schindler says that the digital news environment has created a new class of journalists that will challenge traditional reporters and editors.
“There’s a lot of potential in what they do,” he said.
“They’re going to challenge the old media, but it’s not going to be easy.
They’re going, as the old news business model, to try to build their business on advertising.
They are going to have to try and change how they publish,