Seattle Post-Intelligencer is the First Major Newspaper to go Web Only

Today is the final day for the print publishing of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  After 146 years in print, it is going to a 100% online version.

The online version of the 146-year-old Post-Intelligencer will be “an effort to craft a new type of digital business with a robust, community news and information website at its core,” said Steven R. Swartz, president of Hearst Newspapers.

In February, the Post-Intelligencer website received about 1.8 million unique visitors and had 50 million page views, according to Nielson Online. However, the paper’s print circulation was at 117,000 — down from nearly 200,000 in 1998.

The Post-Intelligencer’s move to a web-only version is considered the first for a large American newspaper. It also leaves Seattle with only one mainstream daily, rival paper The Seattle Times.

“A daily newspaper tells the stories of a community and lets the people of a city know who they are, who their neighbors are, and the life and issues they share,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist David Horsey

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