Primary news vehicle is now the Web

As many other media executives have done recently, James E. O'Shea, editor of the "Los Angeles Times," last week unveiled a new reorganization plan to his staff.

But what differed in this presentation to about 490 reporters was his challenge that they throw off a "bunker mentality" and begin viewing the newspaper's Web site — not its printed pages — as the primary vehicle for news delivery.

As newspapers such as the "Times" move to the Internet, they are rapidly adopting many of the same tools as television. At the "Times," for example, an enhanced foreign page will feature video, photo galleries, graphics and chat rooms with the newspaper's roughly two dozen overseas reporters.