17 Mar 2009

US paper abandons print for cyberspace

9:40 pm on 17 March 2009

The 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper is to become the first major American paper to go solely online.

The paper will print its final edition on Tuesday after its owner failed to find a buyer, Australia's ABC website reports.

The website will be run solely as a source of local news and opinion, rather than an internet incarnation of the former newspaper.

There will be an editorial staff of 20, compared to the previous 150, and the remaining editorial staff will be expected to write, edit, take photos, and shoot video.

The American newspaper industry has been hit by falling advertising revenue in recent years.