The Seattle P-I

10 Feb

Visiting the Seattle Post-Intelligencer was an eye-opening experience. The Seattle P-I was the oldest of Seattle’s two print newspapers, opposite of the Seattle Times, and is still owned by the Hearst Corporation. In 2009 it was put up for sale after losing money for nine straight years, and now it exists solely online, with a staff of 12.

It’s impressive how the P-I can exist with such a lean structure. Only employing a few journalists, they put out the stories that will drive traffic and draw in readers. While some of the print journalists in our group found the visit depressing, I thought it showed hope for the future of print journalism. While the shift to online was an especially devastating one for the P-I, the staff seemed optimistic, and I believe them when they say the paper is growing once again.

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