Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Death of a newspaper

The first thing I saw this morning on BBC was the news that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is ceasing physical publication and going online-only. This is a newspaper with a daily circulation of ~130,000 - bigger than the Dom-Post, smaller than the Herald - and a readership of over 400,000, serving a city of over 3 million, and they can't stay in business and support proper journalism. Something is seriously wrong with the newspaper industry...

The second thing I read was Jolisa Gracewood's related piece on Public Address. Its spurred by the demise of a completely different newspaper - the Tucson Citizen - but covers what we'll lose if the newspapers fold, and has some good links to people talking about what's wrong. Go and read it now.