A Brief History of How The Internet Changed Journalism


To understand how local news is changing, you need to understand how the Internet fundamentally upended the ways we communicate and consume information. The story of the last thirty years of journalism—local or otherwise—is intractably tied to the rise of the Internet.

In the interactive timeline below, we explore the key moments in the relationship between technology and journalism; a period of communication revolutions, upended institutions, and new existential challenges for our media and culture.

This interactive timeline was created with Timeline.JS by Knight Lab. For a list of sources, please visit this project's bibliography.