Newspapers on disc: a survey and critique of metropolitan daily newspapers on CD-ROM

Print newspapers have played a major part in the information dissemination process almost since their inception 500 years ago. Metropolitan daily newspapers provide current information on a wide variety of topics and can be purchased at a price that almost anyone can afford. National and international news, local events, regional coverage, sports (at all levels), humor, food, business, travel, obituaries, opinion and the arts all receive varying degrees of attention in a newspaper. In short, newspapers provide their readers with a vast array of information resources, the breadth of which cannot be matched by any other medium. The latest trend in CD-ROM publishing is full-text access and newspapers have begun to show up in this format. This article will survey the various newspapers now available on CD- ROM and will discuss the positive and negative implications of this new phenomenon.