In the beginning, newspapers gave people the news.
Over time, radio, television, the Internet, e-mail and txt msgs have increased the ways in which people can get the news.
Now people are questioning the future of traditional newspapers. Will tomorrow's people want their news printed on paper, trucked around the country and sold at corner shops? Or will they get what they need when they need it from whichever medium they have at hand?
Newspapers have not been first with the news since the BBC started reading it out on the wireless.
But they have told us about the news, pulled it all together, made sense of it, commented on it, packaged it with puzzles, competitions, offers.
And they have great writers. It is that which they have to get on to screens for those who want it that way.
And they have to work out how to make money from the stuff they put on screens.
How well the newspapers do it will determine their future in the digital age.