Good bye Seattle Post Intelligencer (1863-2009) and ‘Thank You.’ When I heard the rumors, I didn’t want to believe it even though I knew it was inevitable. It’s not just the current economic situation but the continual impact of the internet and how it impacts people reading and receiving their news. Last year alone, the Seattle PI lost 14 million dollars. And so, today, the Seattle PI prints their final edition. In a small way, I’ve contributed to that closure since I was once a subscriber but chose to read all my news online couple years ago. I really do like the feel and experience of flipping through the newpaper pages but how can you compete with free?
- How do you read your news? Who and how?
- What are your feelings about these changes?
- How is your city or town being impacted?
And while the Seattle PI will live on as an online paper, it just won’t be the same. And I’m not sure how I feel about Seattle being the first of probably more to come of other cities being reduced to one newspaper source.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer will roll off the presses for the last time Tuesday. The Hearst Corp. announced Monday that it would stop publishing the 146-year old newspaper, Seattle’s oldest business, and cease delivery to more than 117,600 weekday readers.
The company, however, said it would maintain seattlepi.com, making it the nation’s largest daily newspaper to shift to an entirely digital news product. [read full article]
While I wasn’t a current subscriber, I enjoyed reading the PI via my RSS reader and directly on their website. And while I know that they’ll continue being an online paper, it’s just not going to be the same. I’m going to miss the Post Intelligencer as a printed paper because I’ve had a very good relationship with several of their reporters and staff. They were fair in reporting about Quest and our presence in Seattle and their editors were also very gracious in allowing me to write couple guest columns:
- Let’s Do our Part to Change the World – a column about the tragedy of Steven Curtis Chapman and the call to change the world.
- Koreans and Korean-Americans Crying for 33 – a gutwrenching and painful column about Seung-Hui Cho and the massacre at Virginia Tech.
Here are some of the articles about Quest:
- No free pass for Palin, some local evangelicals say – a front page article which included couple soundbytes from couple of our Quest staff.
- 2 very different Seattle churches decide to unite – a wonderful article about an older traditional church [Interbay] gifting itself to Quest and merging with us in an amazing story.
And this article, In a Trendy Coffeeshop, a Jolt of Religion, which was on their front page [below] and because of the picture and the various headlines on the cover, numerous people thought I was involved with strip clubs.
Thank you Seattle PI and I’ll see you ONLINE.
And here’s the commemorative front page of the last edition of the Seattle PI: