Thursday, February 19, 2009

Time to say goodbye to print newspapers

Bill Richards writes:

Here in Seattle, a similar sort of lumbering last dance is underway. Since the Hearst Corp. announced that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has been losing readers and cash for the last eight years and will stop publishing next month, there have been urgent gatherings of newsies and others — mostly in bars — to discuss how to find someone who will keep the city’s second daily paper alive.

This is honest angst, but misplaced energy. TheP-I died nine years ago, when Hearst, in an effort to save a few million bucks in the short term, agreed to let the Seattle Times compete in the morning market. There's been plenty of strong journalism done at the P-I, no question, but the overall thrust of the paper has been all over the map since then.

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