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By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
LOS ANGELES — More people said they got their news from the Web than a physical newspaper last year — the first time in history this has happened, according to an annual report on the news media.
The Internet now trails only television among American adults as a destination for news, and the trend line shows the gap closing, the study released Monday by the Pew Research Center said.
The report predicted that 2010 might also be the year when online ad revenue surpassed print newspaper ad revenue for the first time. The final tally is expected this spring. One of the challenges facing newspapers is that the largest share of online ad revenue is going to non-news sources, particularly to aggregators, the Washington think tank said.
Overall, nearly every sector of the U.S. news industry saw revenue growth in 2010, except for newspapers.