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Some people in the Pacific Northwest sound very confused to me.

A movement is stirring to keep the Seattle Post Intelligencer going.

According to a P-I employee website, journalists plan to keep an online version of their paper going for at least a couple of months if the papert stops publishing, which could happen mid-March.

Someone tell me if I'm wrong, but if the Seattle PI's owners close the newspaper down, employees can't keep doing an online version claiming to still be the Seattle PI. Wouldn't that be trademark infringement?

The goal is to get subscribers and philanthropists to fund the online version.
Subscription money can't keep a printed newspaper afloat. Why would it be any different for a online one?
"In the short run, the hope really lies with grant makers, foundations, and individuals who have a large sum of money at their disposal and want to invest it in their community to support journalism that goes two, three, or four layers deep," said Reporter Daniel Lathrop.

P-I staffers point to successful online papers in Minnesota and San Diego. They think the same type of models could work in Seattle and believe people appreciate the kind of watch-dog and community reporting the P-I offers.

The Hearst Corporation, the P-I's owner, plans to sell the newspaper if no buyer steps forward.

That last sentence makes me laugh. Hearst plans to sell the paper even after no buyer steps forward. I think the author means, plans to close.

The above article looks like it wasn't proofread. Is this the kind of product the online Seattle PI would produce?

If a philantropist won't step forward to take the newspaper off Hearst's hand, why is it plausible one would want to finance a online version? I guess they wouldn't be saddled with the debts the Seattle PI has at present. Still this is all pretty wishful thinking. I understand people fear losing their jobs, but daydreaming that your soon to be extinct newspaper can be kept miraculously alive in the way you describe is not in sync with reality.


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Hoping for loose Change.</p... (Below threshold)
epador:

Hoping for loose Change.

Gee, another liberal newspa... (Below threshold)

Gee, another liberal newspaper bites the dust, and in a uber-liberal town no less.

The above article looks like it wasn't proofread. Is this the kind of product the online Seattle PI would produce?

Why would it be any different.

...why is it plausible one would want to finance a online version?

Because they found someone in the "We Like To Burn Money" group on Facebook.

....but daydreaming that your soon to be extinct newspaper can be kept miraculously alive in the way you describe is not in sync with reality.

Hellooooo, we're talking about a liberal newspaper here with a liberal editorial board. The not-living-in-reality part comes standard with the territory.

Garbage in garbage out.... (Below threshold)
914:

Garbage in garbage out.

Not to worry, there will be... (Below threshold)
CharlieDontSurf:

Not to worry, there will be plenty of jobs for these losers with ACORN.

Former Rocky Mountain N... (Below threshold)
James H:

Former Rocky Mountain News reporters are doing something similar. They continue to write/report on a Web site.

I'm actually sympathetic to reporters who want to keep on, well, reporting despite their job loss. It's no different than a person in any other profession who wants to keep doing something, anything other than sit at home and feel sorry for himself after being laid off.

"Someone tell me if I'm wro... (Below threshold)
kakypat:

"Someone tell me if I'm wrong, but if the Seattle PI's owners close the newspaper down, employees can't keep doing an online version claiming to still be the Seattle PI. Wouldn't that be trademark infringement?"

LOL!

That's liberals for ya'. ;o)

If they called themselves t... (Below threshold)
James H:

If they called themselves the Seattle PI, yeah, there'd be problems. But if they called themselves "A Web site produced by former P-I staffers," they're golden.

Econ 101: Give the consume... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Econ 101: Give the consumer what they want, and they will come.

Otherwise you're just another "Air America". And you know what happened to them.

In the free market place of ideas, why do progressives have such a hard time selling their message to the masses? I mean they've had 50 years of dumbing down the education system. Could it be, even if uneducated, people are still too smart for them?




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