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Seattle Times owner scoffs at Craigslist founder’s journalism advocacy efforts

Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, has taken part of his online classified ads money and gotten involved in advocating for journalism, funding lectures at the Poynter Institute and backing a guide to press ethics. But not everyone is thrilled with Newmark’s advocacy, including Frank Blethen. Blethen, the publisher of The Seattle Times, “scoffed” at… Read More

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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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Letter: Seattle Times objects to News Council’s ‘quasi-judicial spectacle’ and online vote

Update, June 4: The Seattle Times sent this note to the Washington News Council correcting a portion of its letter below. “We at The Seattle Times apologize for any misunderstanding we may have created about Dr. Wollert’s status with Washington State University, Vancouver.  While the university’s director of communications had told us that the title… Read More

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Seattle Times paywall arrives: Here’s what they’re charging

The Seattle Times has officially joined the ranks of newpapers charging for unlimited online access. Visitors to Seattletimes.com are now notified that their access will end after reading an unspecified number of stories over the course of a month. At least one reader (Associated Press reporter Mike Baker) has encountered the paywall. The @seattletimes paywall… Read More

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Seattle Times online paywall to start rolling out in March

Updated below with details on pricing and access. The Seattle Times in mid-March will join the growing legions of daily newspapers that charge for unrestricted access to their primary websites, according to a column by Seattle Times executive editor David Boardman in an advance edition of the Sunday newspaper. “The math no longer adds up,”… Read More

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Why this retiring sportswriter thinks newspapers should eliminate reader comments

Many believe that allowing online reader comments are beneficial for a news organization. Steve Kelley certainly does not think so. Kelley, the longtime Seattle Times sports columnist, will be writing his final column this Sunday. He went on the Luke Burbank Show on KIRO Radio this morning and had some interesting things to say about reader comments…. Read More