Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer fades to black

Another great old (150 years) newspaper died today, though it will maintain a presence online. No way it'll be the same, though. How can 20 staffers do the work that 160 did in the Pulitzer-winning, scrappy, aggressive newsprint version? Lifestyle, sports and bloggers can't fill the gap formerly occupied by investigative reporting. Here's the P-I's own coverage of its death and resurrection.

Here's another point of view -- angry bloggers cheering the demise of the P-I and drooling over the prospect of more dead papers to come.

Do newspapers still matter? Here's a link to a Princeton University study published this week on that question.

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