This is the "Introduction" page of the "Exploring the online press" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content
This guide is intended to show you where to find news articles online and help you become familiar with online news portals, platforms and aggregators.
Last Updated: Jul 8, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Introduction Print Page


  • News aggregators  
  • Press directory  
  • Dispatch  
  • News portal  
  • Advanced search  
  • Basic search  
  • Pure play  

Related guides

Below are a few related guides you might also find interesting to read:

Open access and legal issues
by Agnès Colnot, Alexandre Serres, Julien Sicot - Last Updated Jul 9, 2014
Addressing the various legal issues raised by uploading a document onto an open archive or publishing it in a open access review
0 views this year
Journal Aggregation
by Agnès Colnot - Last Updated Jul 8, 2014
Understanding what a journal is aggregator and learning to access their content according to major fields of study
0 views this year
Open access scholarly journals
by Alexandre Serres, Julien Sicot - Last Updated Jul 8, 2014
This guide is intended to provide a definition of open access journals, present the main actors in open access e-publishing and help you to find open access journals and papers.
0 views this year


La Tercera online

La tercera digital. Interface of La Tercera, Chilean daily newspaper, by Juliot (source: Flickr) CC: BY-NC


The online press began developing during the late 1990s. At the time, the aim was to make the content of the print version available online. The transposition between these media be total or partial.

The online press is based on a twofold change:

- a change in the information dissemination medium: going from print to digital

- a change in the content: the information provided and how it is organised, presented, disseminated and received.




Online press players

The online press comprises: 

  • News agencies that send dispatches

- AFP dispatches

  • The online versions of newspapers and magazines that initially had a print version:

- Wide-ranging news websites: Le Monde.frLibération

- local news websites: Ouest FranceLe Telegramme

- magazine websites: TéléramaPsychologiesAlternatives Economiques

  • Online broadcasting media

- websites of radio or television channels

  • Free or subscription-based pure plays: (free)

- Investigative and opinion websites: Mediapart (subscription-based access)

  • Data journalism websites

- Field-specific news websites: Owni (Technology, Politics and Culture)

Some information is freely accessible. The different websites also provide a subscription-based service with access to more resources (articles from the previous days, archives) or particular services: access as from 3 p.m. to the issue of the following day, customised access (you can select the sections you are interested in), etc.

Need more help ?

Profile Image
Clémence Martin
Contact Info
Bibliothèque universitaire Santé
SCD Rennes 1
Tel. (00 33)2 23 23 34 89
Send Email

Need more help ?

Profile Image
Damien Belveze
Logo - Twitter
Contact Info
00 33 (2 23 23 86 81)
Send Email

To cite this guide

BELVEZE, Damien, MARTIN, Clémence. "Exploring the online press"In UEB (Université Européenne de Bretagne). Form@doct. Rennes: UEB, November 2011 (last updated on 3 July 2013). Available at:


Loading  Loading...