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The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is an online news organization and former newspaper based in Seattle.
The P-I is the first major daily newspaper in the United States to become an online-only news outlet.
The P-I was founded in 1863 and has been owned by Hearst Corp. since William Randolph Hearst bought the paper in 1921.
It was kept afloat largely by a joint operating agreement formed in 1983 with the Seattle Times, an arrangement that the Times fought for years to leave.
After losing money each year since 2000 — $14 million in 2008 — Hearst put the paper up for sale in January 2009, then stopped printing the paper and went online-only in March 2009, cutting its editorial staff from 165 to about 20, with another 11 in advertising.
Though the P-I was a smaller newspaper than the Times, its web traffic before the online shift was comparable to the Times’. A year after the P-I went online, its traffic was holding steady, though the organization was not yet profitable.
The P-I hosts a network of more than 200 local blogs, both staff-written and reader-contributed. It has also focused more on local aggregation than strictly original reporting as an attempt to be “Seattle’s home page.”
The P-I has an arrangement with several of Hearst’s lifestyle magazines to provide features content for the site.
The Seattle PostGlobe was a nonprofit online news organization that focused on journalism about social justice. The PostGlobe was founded in 2009 by former Seattle Post-Intelligencer journalists after the newspaper went online-only in March 2009. It announced its closing in July 2011. The site’s staff worked primarily as volunteers, though the site was funded largely by…