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Monday, March 16, 2009

Seattle P-I Dead on Arrival: Which Newspaper is Next to go Web-Only?

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Beware the ides of March, especially if you're working for a company in print media.

The first major casualty of 2009 was Denver's Rocky Mountain News. Now, theSeattle Post Intelligencer is stopping its print edition and shifting all of its resources online.

Editor and Publisher Roger Oglesby delivered the unofficial eulogy in today's edition.

Tonight we'll be putting the paper to bed for the last time,but the bloodline will live on.

The bloodline is the web, of course, at seattlepi.com. As many publishers and editors have learned, a comprehensive shift from print to web should have been a priority in 1999, not 2009. With a weekday circulation of 117,600 readers and 146-year history, Seattle P-I' will be the largest newspaper to cancel print, so it's fair to assume that many major dailies are due to follow the same path.

Due to plummeting ad revenue, other endangered metro publications, include the San Francisco Chronicle  (Hearst). With such established newspapers on the brink of collapse I can't help but wonder, which  is next in line to write its own obituary?

While banks and automakers beg for federal assitance, what's to prevent newspapers from requesting bailout funds?

By Matt O'Hern at 02:29 PM | Comments (3)

(3) Thoughts on Seattle P-I Dead on Arrival: Which Newspaper is Next to go Web-Only?

These newspaper publishers just don't get it. The reason many people will not purchase their paper(s) (and won't subscribe on-line either) is because they have become biased, far left news whores and "we the people" get only one sided news from them. Why waste our money? We already know their views and opinions. When they start publishing unbiased, truthful news and politics from both sides of the aisle, then "we the people" will start paying attention. Until then....seeee yaaa!

Comments by Jan : Monday, March 16, 2009 at 07:34 PM

The PI has been junk for so many years it's a wonder it took this long. Seattle will still have the Seattle Times though, owned by the same people as the PI so the liberal media still has a printed mouthpiece.

Comments by Jim : Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 07:07 PM

jim they are not owned by the same people pi is hearst corp.and the times is the blethens family ..and yes if they printed both views more people would buy a home delivery deal for only 20 bucks for 2 months 4255725459

Comments by ken : Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 02:47 PM

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