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The idea of a newspaper being delivered on a CD is not too far-fetched. Just think, a newspaper with news tailored to your interests.

The controversy of personalizing news widens as more talk continues. The verdict is still out.

in or out?

Some online newspapers are still using PM editions. Why?

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News you can choose

Already sites such as www.washingtonpost.com and latimes.com offer personalized features where users can enter zip codes or community names to get news and information that pertains to where they live. A more extreme trend is making newspapers portals, where a user can shop, get news, conduct a search and link to the Web.

Larry Pryor, editor of the Online Journalism Review said in the January/February 2000 edition of American Journalism Review, that "the people who will use the medium best are going to do two things: The first is using multimedia, and [the] second is providing their own content."

In the same article, Rich Jaroslovsky, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition and one of the founders of the Online News Association, says the future may be delivering news over personal pagers or any other new technology. That maybe the internet is not the end all of be all that we assume because there is no security in the world of online news.

"It is a real business," Jaroslovsky says in the article. "It's a real tangible medium. But in a lot of ways, the business is the business of experimentation," he says. "It's constantly moving forward."

No such thing as editions

Forget editions, online news is round the clock and this trend is not one that will go away.

There are still newspaper sites who post stories at certain times of the day, but more and more are getting away from that line of "print" thinking. And online news staffs are having to adjust to the constantly publishing cycle of news.

Washingtonpost.com produces a web edition called PM Extra, which posts a collection of breaking news from staff and wire reports at 1 p.m. each day. The site still posts breaking news when it happens. But the web edition gets consumers into a routine to check the site and expect news right then, similar to SportsCenter at 2 a.m. EST.

But more and more online newspapers keep the deadline "now."

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