Seattlepi.com celebrates 1 year of Web-only news

Seattlepi.com, the online successor to the print version of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, celebrates its first birthday Thursday with music, free cupcakes and cheap beer. For a Web-only publication that launched in the depths of the Great Recession, just sticking around 12 months may be reason enough to party. Seattlepi.com formally launched March 18, 2009, a day after the nearly 146-year-old P-I published its last edition on newsprint, leaving The Seattle Times as the city’s only newspaper printed daily. The P-I’s owner, New York-based Hearst Corp., had been losing money on the newspaper for years and hopes the online version will change that. “The site is doing really well,” said Seattlepi.com’s executive producer, Michelle Nicolosi. She said about 4 million people are visiting the Web site each month, about the same as were visiting the Post-Intelligencer’s site before the print version ceased publication. When it made the switch, the P-I let go most of its 181 employees. About two dozen now report the news and run the Web site. With the smaller crew, Nicolosi said, the Web site has focused on “core news,” such as important local issues, politics, sports and major stories, while rounding out coverage with stories from wire services and through the relationships it has forged with other news outlets and local bloggers

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100318/ap_on_hi_te/us_seattle_p_i

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