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Seattle Post-Intelligencer: No more…

The P-I Globe... (The Spokesman-Review)
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Never again do I ever want to have to type the name of a newsprint publication, such as the Seattle P-I, followed by the words 'web-shift' and 'bankruptcy.' 

Today marks the final edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a paper described as the "scrappy, blue-collar rabble-rouser to the staid, thoughtful Times."  According to The Los Angeles Times, the P-I will become the "largest metropolitan daily to switch to an online-only publication."

The Hearst Corporation, publishers of the P-I since 1921, recognizes the rough economy and it's effect on daily publications.  "Hearst fought for for years to keep this place going. But time and these rotten economic conditions finally caught up with us," says pubisher Roger Oglesby as he hands out the writer's cancelling statement.

After an 146 year-history the Post-Intelligencer's "nearly 118,000 weekday subscribers" are automatically being transferred to the city's last remaining daily: the Seattle Times. 

"Personally, I'm just a little disappointed that such a rich news tradition has closed with so little regard for the core values that we strived to preserve during all the years we worked here," says Kristen Millares Young, writer for the P-I.

This economy of ours hitting these daily publications pretty hard; How do you think this going to affect our country's future in journalism? Should all papers switch to solely internet-publications?

 

Other Publications Going Under...

Rocky Mountain News
- Based in Denver, CO. "Former staff announced this week that they would start an online publication if they could sign up 50,000 subscribers by April 23."

Chicago Tribune - "Adopted a lower cost tabloid version on the newspaper."

The Minneapolis Star Tribune - "Facing bankruptcy."



In 2006, then-editor Steve Smith of The Spokesman-Review had the idea of starting a publication for an often forgotten audience: teenagers. The Vox Box was a continuation of the Vox, an all-student staffed newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review. High school student journalists who staffed the Vox made all content decisions as they learn about the trade of journalism. This blog's mission was to give students an opportunity to publish their voices. The Vox Box and the Vox wrapped up in June 2009, but you can follow former staffers' new blog at http://voxxiez.blogspot.com.