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The Net Effect on News

With the explosion of professional news blogs, like Politico and ProPublica, one might suspect the Internet killed television news.

But The Nielsen Company reports that 81 million consumers still get all their news on TV, as compared to 1.5 million that read or watch online news exclusively. Sixty million people reported that they used both TV and the Internet to consume news.

Still, TV news is undergoing a transformation in the Internet age. Declining ad revenues have led to staff cutbacks. And more TV reporters are learning how to use the Web to do their jobs better.

Reporters from TV, print and Web-based news operations recently met at St. Francis College in Brooklyn for a panel discussion about how the Internet is changing journalism.