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The impact of the Internet on newspapers is a work in progress. While six out of 10 editors say that Web technology is an ally rather than an enemy to newspapers, 48 percent say they are “conflicted” about the endless demand for new, exciting content.

Still, journalists are not known to shrink from a challenge.

The research found that 100 percent of the respondents say writing skills are essential to the contemporary newsroom - along with computer skills and the ability to write quickly (cited by 96 percent), multimedia skills (90 percent) and data-analysis skills (83 percent). Eighty-one percent say their print and online editions are “part of the same product.”

Eighty percent of the newsrooms have “early teams” on duty before dawn, 70 percent offer staff-written blogs and a third support “micro-sites,” or specific-interest online communities.

Among the editors, 90 percent laud the value of “Mo-Jos,” or tech-savvy mobile journalists who can file video or written reports from any location.

Such revelations are influencing content. Two-thirds of the editors say space devoted to foreign news has dropped in the last three years. More than half have cut back on national news, and a third have trimmed business news.

What’s hot? Local news, sports, regional news and investigative or enterprise stories are deemed “essential” by more than 90 percent of the respondents.

The findings are based on face-to-face interviews and a 43-question written survey conducted between November and Feb. 28.