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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Why Does The Seattle Times Win So Many Pulitzers?

Like newspapers everywhere, the Times has been decimated by plummeting circulation and ad revenue, by repeated layoffs and slashed budgets. The stately art deco office building and modern printing plant are long gone. But the paper continues to pursue gutsy journalism and national prizes.

Can I talk to you on Background?

I am not joking when I say that those cable news sets remind me of horror movies. I keep expecting someone wearing a hockey goalie’s mask to sneak up on the pundit in question and strangle him or slash his throat. And depending on who the pundit is, I sometimes kind of root for it.

Extinction Event? Local Newspapers and Weeklies may not Survive the Virus

As small newspapers disappear, the impacts are largely cultural and intangible. The good ones tell readers what their local town council is up to, who’s running for mayor, or what caused that car crash on the highway through town.

Crosscut: From Cradle To KCTS

Crosscut's early years were about as bumpy as Seattle streets, but two saviors came to its rescue: the Gates Foundation and KCTS. Now it's a force.

No Stranger To Adversity: “Seattle’s Only Newspaper” Fights To Survive

The problem, says publisher Tim Keck, is that "all the diversification was in one area, events and entertainment." What was smart diversification turned out to be a perfect storm of revenue-peril. So it's white-knuckle time.

Frank Blethen’s Battle To Save The Seattle Times (and Local Journalism)

The Times may be stuffy (less so now), and its socially-liberal/fiscally-conservative editorial page grates against the progressive Seattle groupthink. But it hasn't been snapped up, gutted, or chained. Amazingly, it's still there, proudly independent. That's rare. But for how much longer?

A Law Against Fake News? Not So Fast.

The court's logic was simple: If the government is going to forbid or penalize false statements, it has to establish what's true. Do we want government deciding what political statements are true and false?

Low Pay and No Say: Why Seattle Journalists Are Unionizing

Journalists tend to see themselves as creatives, closer in vocation to artists than to the Teamsters or United Mine Workers. They are anti-authoritarian and don’t consider most editors to be smarter or wiser or more talented. So why are Seattle journalists unionizing?