Digitally clueless: Why I finally canceled the Seattle Times

Dear Seattle Times executives, I’m writing you in the traditional letter-to-the-editor format because it’s one with which I’m certain you’re familiar. After all, you recently used it in your “Dear Seattle Times subscribers” summer e-newsletter. I’m also uncertain, based on the experiences I’m about to describe, if you’d understand anything more than an electronic replica… Read More

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Gawker’s Nick Denton knows exactly what Jeff Bezos should do with The Washington Post: Ditch print, distribute Kindles

Nick Denton is a controversial new media titan, uncovering the gossip that no one else in the news business will touch. The 47-year-old Gawker Media founder — whose online properties include Gizmodo, Deadspin, Kotaku and others — also knows how to build big audiences. And now Denton has some advice for’s Jeff Bezos, who… Read More


Which Jeff Bezos just bought The Washington Post?

William Randolph Hearst. Joseph Pulitzer. John S. Knight. Katharine Graham. And now … Jeff Bezos. founder Jeff Bezos has emerged as the latest newspaper publisher with a $250 million purchase of The Washington Post, a deal which closed Tuesday when the Graham family signed over the assets of the paper to a private investment… Read More


A wild idea for Bezos and the Post: Develop a ‘Kindle Printer’ and shut down the main press

The economics of delivering a local newspaper to your doorstep just don’t make sense anymore. The reasons? Declining subscriber counts and increased competition from free content online. However, as expensive as it is to produce, there are certainly people who would rather consume their news in that traditional paper format. What if that fixed delivery… Read More


Seattle Times sells old HQ near Amazon campus, plans to use cash for digital transition

Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood is undergoing a radical transformation, driven largely by the arrival of technology companies such as But now one of Seattle’s oldest businesses is cashing in on the redevelopment, hoping to use the new proceeds to re-invent its business for the digital era. The Seattle Times announced today that it… Read More


Oregonian lays off 35, cuts back on home delivery to focus on digital

Another daily newspaper is going digital and slowing the presses, as The Oregonian announced Thursday that it will be cutting down home delivery to four days per week. The company, which first printed in 1850 and has won seven Pulitzer Prizes, also laid off 35 reporters, photographers and other staffers, according to the Willamette Week, which obtained a… Read More

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The best and worst jobs in America: From software geeks to newspaper hacks

It’s a good thing we got out of the newspaper business. According to a survey out today from, newspaper reporter ranks as the worst job in America. “Ever-shrinking newsrooms, dwindling budgets and competition from Internet businesses have created very difficult conditions for newspaper reporters, which has been ranked as this year’s worst job,” the… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: TinyPass looks to line publishers’ pockets with new way to charge for content

In an opinion piece for Bloomberg this week, former Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold lamented the demise of the physical newspaper and wondered if the solution might be in a payment system for news content. That message certainly will resonate with TinyPass, a 12-month-old startup that’s created a new way for news organizations to… Read More


NYT paywall: Time to buy the cow; the milk’s no longer free

Guest Commentary: The day of reckoning has arrived. Journalists and PR professionals have been holding their breath for 18 months, waiting for the New York Times to introduce its online paywall. Why the anticipation? If you haven’t noticed, traditional media is in free fall. It’s kind of like banking in 2008 but without bailouts. The… Read More