A survey carried out by media regulator Ofcom has found that more people get their local news from print than online.
The media watchdog surveyed 2,016 people across the country for a report on news consumption in the UK published at lunchtime today, following on from a similar study last year.
It found that half of people read local newspapers at least once a week compared to 36pc who said they visited news websites.
However the survey found that television is the most used platform for local news with 80pc of adults watching regional news programmes at least once a week.
The survey, carried out by pollsters Ipsos Mori, found that some people are using local newspapers more while others are using them less.
While 15pc claimed to use paid-for local newspapers more, and 18pc free newspapers, 17pc claimed to use paid-for titles less and 16pc free titles.
It also revealed that the 15-24 age group were more likely than any other age group to have increased their use of local newspapers, with over 34pc reading paid-for titles more and 40pc reading free titles more.
The 15-24 age group is also less likely to watch regional news on TV on at least a weekly basis, but more likely to use local news websites, with 17pc of 15-24s doing this, compared to 4pc of over-55s.
The survey showed clear growth in the use of online local media sources has increased over the past two years, with 49pc of respondents claiming to use the internet more for local news and information.
The full report can be read here.