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Newspaper Asks For Donations — Would You Chip In?

Seattle residents might not be able to read a paper over their morning Starbucks for much longer. Thanks to its inability to make money, the Seattle Post Intelligencer's days in print are numbered. But staffers want dedicated readers and philanthropists to keep it alive online. While there are already many online news outlets, reporters hope that the community values journalism that provides more than a superficial survey of local events.

The Seattle P-I is using MinnPost as an example. That outlet makes money from philanthropic support, membership contributions, and advertising. The paper (can we call it that, still?) operates on the assumption that high-quality journalism is not a consumer good, but a community asset.

Would you be willing to donate money for reports, until traditional newspapers figure out a business model?


jackiered jackiered 8 years
:fogey: you are smack on about the New York Times. I never highly regarded them. They highly regard themselves though and full of fantasy. But it appears they too will soon be history. I won't miss them.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Why would I want to donate to a company that is for proffit? Isn't that called "investing"? How about they sit down at the boardroom, and figure out how to make their medium competitive again?
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
I am not sure how "highly regarded" the NYT is anymore. It certainly is no longer "The Newspaper of Record"
jackiered jackiered 8 years
There's so much competition today that newspapers all over are struggling, even the very highly regarded "NYT". Perhaps if the editors would examine factors such as fair content, they would have broader audience appeal bringing more readers.
kh61582 kh61582 8 years
I don't read newspapers due to a visual disability and personally I believe that one of the reasons these news outlets can't stay in business is because they only print stories that are so radically tilted to the Left and therefore don't have a wide appeal. Let 'em go out of business! Maybe they'll learn something.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Find me a newspaper whose motto is not "All The News We See Fit to Print", and I will give serious thought to donating.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I love the paper and I would hate to see it disappear! Plus I always read when I'm waiting around for the bus or stuff like that. What am I going to do when they disappear? Whip out my laptop? The paper's just more convenient.
stephley stephley 8 years
Donating means you can opt out on a hard copy - I'd rather read online.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
My local newspaper has been calling me at least once a week for the past two months asking if I want to renew my subscription. It's starting to drive me a bit batty especially since I can read the paper online.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I think they are a thing of the past really, and we will be seeing more and more of them go the way of the dinosaur.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
I wouldn't chip in to a newsPAPER, because I personally think their on the verge of extinction, but there are other news sources out there...internet, radio, television...
stephley stephley 8 years
I contribute to online news sites and to public radio so if a newspaper I respect asks for money, I'll chip in. Without responsible news sources, we're screwed.
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