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The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a front-page obituary today - its own. The newspaper is going out of print after 146 years - the latest journalistic casualty of the economy - and the broader decline of the printed word.
For the last time, readers of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer will hold a print edition of the town's longest-running newspaper.
On Monday, the newsroom fell silent as the announcement was made. The paper, which began in 1863, will now be entirely web-based. Most of the 180 staff members will be let go.
Seattle P.I. reporters fear the loss of their job will have far reaching effects, saying that anytime citizens lose a pair of eyes on the government then citizens have less access.
In February, the Rocky Mountain News printed its last edition, citing losses over $16 million. The Chicago Tribune and Philadelphia Inquirer are both owned by companies facing bankruptcy. And employees at the San Francisco Chronicle were asked to vote between saving their jobs, or saving the paper. They voted 10-1 to save the paper, knowing it would likely cost them their livelihood.
While many organizations are moving to internet-only formats, analysts warn this could be a dangerous trend for the industry.
So, do you see this as a sign of progress, or a sign that the economy is destroying an important form of journalism. Leave us your comments.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-06-17 23:31:17 GMT
According to a Smith County Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit, the man accused of shooting and killing his father told investigators he had just returned home from camping at the lake with his childrenMore >>
According to a Smith County Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit, the man accused of shooting and killing his father told investigators he had just returned home from camping at the lake with his children when he got into an argument with his father.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:10:14 GMT
From the Texas Department of Public Safety: AUSTIN, TX - Robert Anthony Lopez, 48, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Tango Blast gang member, is now in custody after being arrested on Friday in SanMore >>
Lopez has an extensive criminal history that includes aggravated sexual assault of a child, assault causing bodily injury, injury to a disabled person, violation of protective order and prohibited weapons.More >>