Thursday, March 19, 2009

Paper cuts

Can the Internet save local news? Anyone who has been following the newspaper industry knows the picture is dismal. With each day seems to come more staff cuts and publication closings.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer printed its last edition on Wednesday, nearly a century and a half after its forerunner rolled off it's first issue from a hand-cranked press. The PI now becomes an online venture at seattlepi.com. One can only wonder if online journalism is the business model of the future.

So far, in this year alone, U.S. newspapers have slashed more than 5,600 jobs through layoffs or buyouts. And the cuts keep coming. A story in USA Today, Newspaper closings raise fears about industry, takes an in-depth look at the state of print journalism.

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2 comments:

Erica Smith said...

Here's a map that shows where those layoffs are happening. (It's getting way too crowded. Already.)

Deb S. said...

Erica: Thanks for sending a direct link to the map you designed. I saw it in the USA Today article.

I am appalled by what we're seeing in the newspaper industry. Your graphic really tells the story in a compelling way. Thanks again for sharing this.