The ageing reader still has the time to spend reading their local newspaper but the "money spending" age demographic has slowly changed to getting their news from the internet.
The internet news service has met the time restraint needed that has challenged newspaper readership, as a news source centre, for local news. Online internet newspapers are making traditional newspaper publishers sit up and take notice of the power of "news on the internet".
While other forms of "news" work on the principle that "bigger is best", online internet news services have adopted the fast growing concept of "micro news publishing", that is relevant to local communities via the internet.
Inspiration from News Aggregation Sites
The sites promote themselves as an aggregation of news from around the web but the real value in the sites comes from the discussions. For instance with News-collector.com you can find engineers discussing topics that I'm sure they would not end up discussing in their normal every day lives. And this can often lead to interesting conversation.
For example, would you discuss the Manchester breaking news in your normal everyday conversations? Now what if you were becoming involved in non normal topics of discussion like this on a regular basis. Sure you can search the news sites yourself and discuss with your friends. News-collector.com also offers a few other avenues for inspiration. There's a whole web of inspiration waiting..