An online newspaper, also known as a web newspaper, is a newspaper that exists on the World Wide Web or Internet, either separately or as an online version of a printed periodical. A newspaper is a written Publication containing News, information and Advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called Newsprint. The World Wide Web (commonly shortened to the Web) is a system of interlinked Hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. The Internet is a global system of interconnected Computer networks
Going online created more opportunities for newspapers, such as competing with broadcast journalism in presenting breaking news in a more timely manner. Broadcast journalism is the field of news and journals which are "broadcast" that is published by electrical methods instead of the older methods such as printed newspapers The credibility and strong brand recognition of well-established newspapers, and the close relationships they have with advertisers, are also seen by many in the newspaper industry as strengthening their chances of survival.  The movement away from the printing process can also help decrease costs.
Professional journalists have some advantages over blogs, as editors are normally aware of the potential for legal problems. 
Online newspapers are much like hard-copy newspapers and have the same legal boundaries, such as laws regarding libel, privacy and copyright, also apply to online publications in most countries, like in the UK. Also in the UK the Data Protection Act applies to online newspapers and news pages. The Data Protection Act ( DPA) is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament.  As well as the PCC rules in the UK. But the distinction was not very clear to the public in the UK as to what was a blog or forum site and what was an online newspaper. In 2007, a ruling was passed to formally regulate UK based online newspapers, news audio, and news video websites covering the responsibilities expected of them and to clear up what is, and what isn't, an online publication. 
News reporters are being taught to shoot video and to write in the succinct manner necessary for the Internet news pages. The Internet is a global system of interconnected Computer networks Many are learning how to implement blogs and the ruling by the UK's PCC should help this development of the internet.
Journalism students in schools around the world are being taught about the "convergence" of all media and the need to have knowledge and skills involving print, broadcast and web. 
Some newspapers have attempted to integrate the internet into every aspect of their operations, i. e. , reporters writing stories for both print and online, and classified advertisements appearing in both media; others operate websites that are more distinct from the printed newspaper.
It would be difficult to find a daily newspaper in the UK or United States, in fact in the world, in the 21st century, that does not have or share a website. 
Very few newspapers in 2006 will claim to have made money from their websites, which are mostly free to all viewers. Declining profit margins and declining circulation in daily newspapers have forced executives to contemplate new methods of obtaining revenue from websites, without charging for subscription. This has been difficult. Newspapers with specialized audiences such as The Wall Street Journal or The Chronicle of Higher Education, successfully charge subscription fees. Many of the web papers have simplified their URLs so that, for instance, miami.com will take you to The Miami Herald whose website first appeared in the mid-1990s. The Miami Herald is a daily Newspaper owned by The McClatchy Company headquartered in Downtown Miami Florida. Most newspapers now have an online edition, including, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The New York Times. The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily Newspaper published in Los Angeles California and distributed The Washington Post is the largest and most circulated Newspaper in Washington D USA TODAY is a national American daily Newspaper published by the Gannett Company.
The Guardian experimented with new media in 2005, offering a free twelve part weekly podcast series by Ricky Gervais. The Guardian (until 1959 The Manchester Guardian) is a British Newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. A podcast is a series of audio or Video digital-media files which is distributed over the Internet by syndicated Download Ricky Dene Gervais (dʒɜːˈveɪz born 25 June 1961 is an English Actor, Comedian, Writer, director, Producer and former . Another UK daily to go online is The Daily Telegraph. For "The Daily Telegraph" in Australia see The Daily Telegraph (Australia.
To be a "Web-Only Newspaper" they must not be part of or have any connection to hard copy formats, and must be regularly updated at a regular time and keep to a fixed news format. They must only be published by professional media companies, and fall under national and international press rules and regulations  and have 80% or above news content.  For example, in 2000 an independent web only newspaper was introduced in the UK called the Southport Reporter. Southport Reporter, an Online newspaper started by Patrick Trollope is seen as the UK's first online-only regional Newspaper.  It is a weekly regional newspaper that is not produced or run in any format other than soft-copy on the internet by its publishers PCBT Photography. Unlike blog sites and other news websites it is run as a newspaper and is recognized by media groups in the UK, like the NUJ and/or the IFJ. A blog (a contraction of the term " Web log " is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary descriptions of Template talkInfobox Union for usage --> International Federation of Journalists, IFJ, is Global union Also they fall under the UK's PCC rules.
A news sheet is a paper that is on one or two pages only. Soft-copy sheets are like online newspapers, in that the have to be predominantly news, not advert or gossip based. These sheets can be updated periodically or regularly, unlike a newspaper. They must also like a newspaper be regarded as a news outlet by media groups and governments.
The development of electronic newspapers, will very soon be replacing hard-copy printed papers via electronic paper. Electronic paper, also called e-paper, is a display technology designed to mimic the appearance of ordinary Ink on Paper. In February 2006, the Flemish daily De Tijd of Antwerp announced plans to distribute an electronic-ink version of the paper to selected subscribers. Flanders (Vlaanderen Flandre Flandern is a geographical region located in parts of present day Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. De Tijd ( English: The Times) formerly De Financieel-Economische Tijd ( The Financial Economical Times) is a Belgian ||-||-||-||} Antwerp ( Dutch:, French: Anvers) is a City and Municipality in Belgium and the capital of the This will be the first such application of electronic ink to newspaper publishing.