Another one bites the dust?

Saw this  link on MediaBistro today: rumors fly that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer may be sold or shut down.

I think I predicted that in my thesis on joint operating agreements almost ten years ago. But as the wonderfully-named website Newspaper Death Watch notes, the P-I situation hasn’t been confirmed yet. Still, it’s sad to see that it might really happen. I hate it when another newspaper goes under. Yet another city may be left with only one major newspaper.

Joint operating agreements, or JOAs, were established by the Newspaper Preservation Act of  1970 as a strategy to supposedly preserve the existence of multiple newspapers in one market and thus, by extension, competition. Less than a dozen cities still have them in effect, though. As Joseph Duggan noted in an article on, JOAs existed in some cities just to postpone a monopoly for a few more years. That may be the case, ultimately, in Seattle.

I wonder who’s next?


About jenniferlarsonwrites

I'm a freelance writer and editor based in Nashville, Tennessee. I have a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree in English from Rhodes College. I'm a born-and-bred Southerner who spent a few years in Southern California, a rabid baseball fan and a would-be grower of tomatoes. You can also visit me at LinkedIn or on Twitter at @JenniferLarson.
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