I’m trying to wrap my head around why people are freaking out over the Seattle Post-Intelligencer stopping it’s daily paper service and moving entirely online.
Yes they’re laying off like 145 people but they’re keeping 20 and turning themselves into, what’s been called, "a local Huffington Post."
I for one welcome the change. Apparently most people don’t. I heard multiple stories today from NPR to the NY Times about this shift to an all online platform. They all reported it as is but there was defiantly this tone of "oh boy are we next?"I guess people thought that the inevitable would never come.
Newspapers have been fighting a losing battle for years. This is no secret. But this is not the end, it is a begriming. This online only version will more than likely be successful. I don’t go to the Huffington Post but the model that the SeattlePI.com will follow doesn’t seem too terrible.
Personally, I would have kept on a few of the journalists and made sure that some of the in depth stories that a newspaper (and I assume the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) are know for would continue on. Not to link back to the "good ole days" but because there is still room for that kind of reporting online.
I would also argue that "newspapers" need to become more multi-media and fast. The papers in the UK are already doing this by doing much more video and the papers in the US need to start ASAP or else the local TV stations are going to wake up and they will beat the papers in that space.
And yes local TV, the wave won’t stop with newspapers.