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Boston Globe Has a Week to Live

boston-globe-logo.jpgThe Boston Globe inches ever closer to becoming the latest newspaper to shut down.

Yesterday, Janet Robinson, the chief executive of the New York Times Co., <a href=reiterated that the paper’s union has one week to agree to $20 million in concessions or follow Hearst Corporation‘s Seattle Post-Intelligencer into the great newspaper bin in the sky.

“We’ve talked to them about the May 1 deadline and I think they know it’s the date we need for them to get back to us,” Robinson told Globe reporters.

The Beantown paper is on track to lose $85 million this year. Considering its parent company is cutting costs everywhere it can, it makes sense that the Globe is in dire straights indeed.

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New York Newspapers Can’t Retain Web Site Traffic

nypmasthead2.gifWebnewser has a story detailing the struggles that the recently online-only Seattle Post-Intelligencer is having to retain Web traffic, which fell 23 percent year-to-year. However, there’s an interesting story happening closer to home as well.

As Editor & Publisher reports, while The New York Times‘ site saw unique visitors rise seven percent from March 2008 to March 2009 (despite online advertising revenue dropping eight percent in Q1 of 2009), both the New York Post and Newsday lost audience. The former fell 18 percent to 3,827,000 uniques a month while the latter checked in at a little more than 3 million, down five percent from 2008.

The one New York-based success story: Daily News Online Edition, which saw traffic jump 71 percent to 5,658,000 uniques per month.

The Future of Newspapers Arrives Online in Seattle

spg04.15.09.pngOn Tuesday, former staffers at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer launched Seattle Post-Globe, an online venture dedicated to keeping the news alive in the Pacific Northwest.

In a post explaining the effort, Kerry Murakami, a former reporter for the P-I, wrote:

At first, we’re doing this as volunteers. But what you’ll find on this Web site is a story much larger than ours.

As in Denver, where the journalists of the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News also are starting their own news site, we’re forging on because we believe newspaper-quality journalism needs to continue even as newspapers close.

We’re relying on you — the community — to keep us going.

Welcome to the new world of newspapers. Lead the way, friends.

Polk Awards Announced: Barstow, Talese Among Winners

talese_1web_3.jpgThe annual Polk Awards have been announced, and a number of the winners are being recognized for work done at newspapers currently struggling to keep their newsrooms alive.

Eric Nalder of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer won for his two-part series ‘Demoted to Private: America’s Military Housing Disaster’ and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times was tapped for “unearthing corruption in the Service Employees International Union.”

The NYT‘s David Barstow has been tapped for his much discussed two part series about retired military officials working as on-air network analysts while still being paid to be defense industry consultants.

Meanwhile legendary writer Gay Talese has been named this year’s career achievement recipient. Talese, who began his career as a Times copy boy, and went on to work for many years as a reporter, is also considered on of the “pioneers” of new journalism. Full list of award winners here.