How to Read Local Newspapers Online

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How to Read Local Newspapers Online
Your local newspaper's online edition is a valuable source of news and information. (NEWSPAPER image by huimin from

Your local newspaper's online edition is the best place to go to find local news and information. According to a 2009 study conducted by comScore for the Newspaper Association of America, newspaper websites "were perceived to be the most trustworthy of all sources for every type of content." You can read the news, check the classified advertising, follow the stock market, join a community conversation and much more on your local newspaper's website.

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Things you need

  • Internet browser
  • URL of local newspaper

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    Purchase a copy of your local newspaper, available in newspaper racks or convenience stores. Look on the front page for a reference to the newspaper's website. Make note of the website's URL, or web address. Alternatively, search for the URL through an Internet search engine by entering your city, state and adding "newspaper" in the search box. Look for a link to your local newspaper.

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    Enter the URL into your Internet browser's address bar and press "Enter." If you searched online for the URL, just click on the link.

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    Read the headlines and summaries on the home page of the local newspaper website. These will be the articles the newspaper published that day along with any breaking news stories and special features developed for online readers.

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    Click on the headline of an article you would like to read. This will open up a page displaying that article.

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    Click your browser's back button or click on the newspaper's name at the top of the page to return to the home page after reading the article. Repeat the process to read other newspaper articles.

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    Inspect the local newspaper website's navigation. This will be either a horizontal or vertical list of links to more news, features and special packages on the website. Click on those links to navigate to other parts of the website.

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    Click on the "Register" link if the website requires registration to comment on articles, participate in forums or receive e-mail alerts and newsletters. Be sure to read the online newspaper's privacy policy to see how the newspaper will use the information you need to provide for registration. If it meets your approval, enter the required information and click "OK" or "Submit." You may have to respond to an e-mail from the newspaper to complete the process.

Tips and warnings

  • Once you start reading the local newspaper online on a regular basis, you will quickly learn how to navigate to the information of interest to you.
  • Do not register with the website if the online newspaper does not have a privacy policy.
  • If you are a registered user and use a shared computer, be sure to sign out when you are done to ensure no one abuses your account.

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