Monday, March 16, 2009
Seattle P-I Dead on Arrival: Which Newspaper is Next to go Web-Only?
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)