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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.