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Rex Sorgatz

The side-benefit of dating Jewish girls in this silly city: my Words With Friends gameplay has become much better!

mar 6
2009

Post-Post-Intelligencer

So the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is going to become the first major metro daily to go online-only. The staff will be slashed to 20 employees. Although this sounds sad, can you imagine what you could do with good technology and a staff of 20 people to write about everything going on in town? Either way, it's worth looking at my old friend Mike Davidson's post on this whole thing. Mike started Newsvine with six employees in the P-I building, and it's amazing to think that it out-lasted (big time) the daily.

5 comments

bully for newsvine, but "out last" doesn't seem like the right word here. at this point, it's more like comparing a marathoner and a sprinter who started at different lines.

posted by josh at 12:20 PM on March 6, 2009

can you imagine what you could do with good technology and a staff of 20 people to write about everything going on in town?

isn't that what Gothamist et al. do?

posted by eric at 12:21 PM on March 6, 2009

Exactly! But with drastically fewer than 20 fulltime people! ("drastically" as in 19.)

posted by Rex at 12:23 PM on March 6, 2009

But how often do the Ist's do actual reporting and uncover actual news? They are better than other blogs, but still, they do far too much commenting on already reported stories, or slight digging after the fact to be compared to the work of an actual newspaper. This is my experience with DCist, maybe the versions in other cities are better.

Also, how did Newsvine outlast Seattle PI?

posted by DS at 1:35 PM on March 6, 2009

one thing I've learned in the msm is that almost none of the head honchos look at more than a few websites and thus don't realize how ugly and hard to read their own site is.

having a staff of 20 journalists isn't a problem; having a train wreck website like the PI has is a much much bigger deal.

posted by taylor at 9:51 AM on March 7, 2009




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