Chroniclig the end: Seattle newspaper covers its death rattle

Dateline: Fri 16 Jan 2009

When newspapers do finally disappear -- hear the sound of the toilet flushing? -- nobody will be able to pin it on lack of grit and soul from those who actually toil daily in the business.

Hence, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, one of two newspapers in that town, is writing about its last 60 days after its parent company Hearst put it up for sale. The sentiment is that it's unlikely a buyer will emerge; the paper lost $14 million last year.

Also, it seems unlikely it can survive beyond 60 days...

So what is it like to be in a terminal newsroom? One hears a fair amount of black humor yuks, as one could surmise. (I've been in a newsroom where news had been so slow for weeks, that an editor played for a plane crash. Yes, it was a joke. Sort of.)

Here are some comments from the newspaper's blog, Sixty Days, where the end is being analyzed and the post mortem underway, according to Yahoo:

"The news 'hit like a chunk of loose viaduct,' wrote sports columnist Art Thiel. 'I expected to react to this somber state of affairs by getting drunk, but I haven't,' wrote fellow sports columnist Jim Moore. Editorial cartoonist David Horsey, who, as McCumber puts it, legally owns two Pulitzers, observed that owning a newspaper is 'quite suddenly, a sucker's bet.'"

Here is the link, to read more:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20090115/us_time/08599187182900

Thanks to the friend who sent this in, sorrowful and troubling as it is...

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