Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The last deadline: Seattle's oldest newspaper goes to press for the final time

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer today goes where no newspaper its size has gone before: entirely online.

The P-I, a civic institution that traces its roots to the Civil War, published its last print edition this morning, dropping Seattle from the dwindling ranks of two-newspaper towns.

Its owner, The Hearst Corp., said the P-I's legacy would survive on a revamped seattlepi.com Web site, but one produced with a small fraction of the reporting staff and which relies on content from other sources. Executives expressed hope it eventually will accomplish something the print P-I hadn't done since the 1990s: make money.


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