Mar 6, 2009

Printless in Seattle

Rather than shutter the Seattle Post-Intelligence, Hearst seems poised to move ahead with an all-digital newspaper, the New York Times reports.

So, how many newsroom staffers will the digital P-I employ? According to Ken Doctor at Content Bridges, about 22 news staffers would remain, down from the 170 staffers the P-I has now.

Adding the cost savings from eliminating print to the revenue losses from going digital, Doctor guesstimates that digital papers would have to jettison roughly 75 percent of their staff to become a going concern. That's something to think about as MediaNews Group tinkers around with the "I-News" service (see below).

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