By paulgillin | March 17, 2009 - 6:25 am - Posted in Facebook, Hyper-local

Seattle Post-Intelligencer final front page

This is the final front page of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which published its last issue this morning after 145 years of daily operation.

Here’s a slide show of the final day. About 150 of the paper’s 170 employees will lose their jobs.

The P-I says it will be the first daily to shutter its print operations and go fully online, although technically the Capital Times did this last year. Reporter Joe Tartakoff writes about how will work very differently from its print predecessor.

At, “We don’t have reporters, editors or producers—everyone will do and be everything. Everyone will write, edit, take photos and shoot video, produce multimedia and curate the home page,” says assistant-managing-editor-turned-executive-producer Michelle Nicolosi. And that’s not all. This is going to be a pure Web news operation in every sense, she says.

Can a venerable print newspaper create a brand, a business and a future for itself on the Web? The news world will be watching.



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  1. March 17, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

    Although i dont like the editorial slant of the PI, i was feeling very sorry for the employees.

    That is until last night – when by chance we went to Buckley’s (on lower queen ann) last night. It seemed like a good chance for the PI employees to get together and commiserate – and but true colors came out when they turned up the sound on Evening Magazine TV show that had a video special/interviews. These ‘impartial’ jerks actaully boo’ed when a PI reporter was on screen talking about George Bush and his picture came up on TV. This was the worst amongst other behaviour.


    Posted by bob
  2. March 17, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

    I have known Michelle Nicolosi,’s new executive producer, since she started as a community reporter at the Orange County Register in the early 1990s. Since then, she’s been part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporting team, a code jockey at a Web startup during the first dot-com boom, an online journalism instructor at USC and head of the school’s online jlurnalism review, and most recently, AME of the PI’s Website. The industry’s digital revolution may be news to some, but not to Nicolosi. She’s been living it for years. It will be interesting to see where she leads.

    Michelle Rafter

    Posted by Michelle Rafter
  3. March 17, 2009 @ 7:09 pm

    As a news photographer or graphics/ design editor and again a photographer for the past 38 years I have watched
    the product deteriorate with increasing velocity in recent years.
    The main culprit is expecting everyone to function in every capacity, expecting them to shoot stills, video, write,
    design and edit.
    Most of us can do all these things to some degree, but I don’t know of any that do everything to a level that readers

    But, maybe it is all good enough for the web. After all, we were assured by a senior editor that “people will watch


    Posted by Glenn Baglo
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