Milestone: Seattle P-I to Go All-Web

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer, one of the two major newspapers in Seattle, is going web-only today, ceasing to publish its print version.  As far as I know, this is the first case of a major newspaper going web-only.

Last year, we spent quite a bit of time looking at the economics of news on the web.  It's a very important area for the Turkish Internet.  Our conclusions were in line with Clay Shirky's:

Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a
century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen
newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable.
That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as
it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of other ways
to strengthen journalism instead.

The P-I will require a staff of about 20, according to the NYTimes, so the economics benefits are significant. Plus, the P-I is already an established web property – with over 1.8m monthly AUVs.  It will be interesting to observe whether the editorial quality will suffer.

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