An end of an era of sorts in Seattle as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer became an online newspaper only today. The P-I as it called by its many readers both fans and critics printed it last edition on St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2009. Leaving the Seattle Times as the daily broadsheet of Seattle.
Citing nearly 10 years of losses, the Hearst Corporation which own the publication had put the P-I up for sale as one of the few ways to save the paper. The other options included shutting the paper completely or the current option of shutting the papers printing press laying off about 75 percent of staff including most reporters, columnists; layout artists, pressmen(and women) advertising executives and others which brought out the paper to homes, stores and news stands/ news boxes(machines).
This comes on the heels of the complete shut down of the Rocky Mountain News the oldest newspaper in the Inter-mountain west. The Rocky based in Denver closed two week ago after suffering losses leaving the Denver Post the city’s main newspaper; and the Detroit Media Partnership owners of the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News changed their delivery structure: home delivery on Thursdays and Fridays; shrink the layout to 32 pages and redesign the papers layouts the news paper remains available newsstands/newspaper machine daily as well as online.
By the end of the week we’ll find out fate of Tucson Citizen the afternoon. Gannett Company which owns the Detroit Free Press and Tucson Citizen. Gannett is the nations largest newspaper publishing group.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the end of the troubles for the newspaper industry there’s more on the way. Hopefully the P-I will survive, only time will tell. For the moment the Irish eyes are smiling on the P-I , It could been O’ Danny Boy.