The latest casualty in the newspaper wars has given up the ghost – the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is moving to a solely digital format after Tuesday’s newspaper – which will be its last.
The New York Times writes:
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer will produce its last printed edition on Tuesday and become an Internet-only news source, the Hearst Corporation said on Monday, making it by far the largest American newspaper to take that leap.
But The P-I, as it is called, will resemble a local Huffington Post more than a traditional newspaper, with a news staff of about 20 people rather than the 165 it had, and a site with mostly commentary, advice and links to other news sites, along with some original reporting.
I don’t believe that this is will be the last of the great American newspapers that will fold in the coming weeks and months. The Boston Globe and even the New York Times are in some trouble – along with our local newspaper here in Minneapolis, The Star Tribune.
The internet has radically changed how we look at journalism – primarily driven by bloggers, podcasters, and other forms of new media. We’re at the vanguard of a completely different age of journalism here — the newspapers, hidebound by their processes, their unions, and their large corporate structures, have simply been unable to compete against a medium that is far more nimble than they are.
And it’s a shame – there are many great journalists out there that could (and should) be able to compete in this new world… here’s hoping that they can. And if any of them want to come and write here at Telegraphik, let’s talk.