Monday, March 16, 2009

Seattle P-I goes Web only

The dominoes continue to fall in the printed newspaper business, but unlike The Rocky Mountain News and Scripps Howard, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and parent company Hearst announced Monday they'd give a Web-only version of the P-I a try.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) will mark the final print edition of the 146-year-old paper, which was put up for sale in January. Hearst found no buyers, but instead of shutting down entirely, the P-I likely will significantly downsize its newsroom and continue as a hyper-local Web only publication.

This will be worth watching over the next several months to see if the P-I can make a go of it in that netherworld where newspapers save tons of money by cutting out the print product. But have they killed the golden goose at the same time?

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