The Seattle Post-Intelligencer went to press for the final time today. The Hearst-owned newspaper - one of the finest in the country and a fixture in the Pacific Northwest - will now publish only on the Internet.
Here's how the P-I reported the news. And here's a wonderful first-person account of what it was like in the newsroom as the final print deadline drew near.
Ira Fusfeld is publisher emeritus of the Daily Freeman. He was publisher from 1987 to 2012. His blog offers commentary about the newspaper business and whatever else is on his mind. Ira began his daily newspaper career at the Freeman in 1970 as a sports writer. Prior to being named publisher, he was sports editor, editor and general manager. Ira also was publisher of Las Noticias, the Freeman's Spanish language weekly. In addition, he served as publisher of The Independent, Hillsdale, N.Y., and the Taconic Press weekly newspaper group, Millbrook, N.Y., which also produced Dutchess Magazine and the Hudson Valley Guide. He was named Publisher of the Year for 2001 by Journal Register Company. You can hear Ira on the Media Project on WAMC Northeast Public Radio (Sunday at 6 p.m., Monday at 3 p.m., or anytime on the Web at WAMC.org). Ira is a native of New York City. He and his wife, Eileen, reside in Woodstock, N.Y. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.