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After Nearly 100 Years, South Seattle’s Only Print Paper Calls It Quits

SOUTH SEATTLE – Last week, Pacific Publishing announced that – after nearly a century – it will stop publishing the South Seattle Beacon, the South-End’s only print newspaper.

The company has also eliminated the North Seattle Herald-Outlook, and will instead focus on producing  City Living — a weekly print and on-line publication focusing on arts, food and wine, entertainment, schools and families, health and wellness and other topics.

The South Seattle Beacon and North Seattle Herald Outlook had been published on alternating weeks. Each had a circulation of approximately 6,000.

“We mourn the passing of those publications,” said Publisher Mike Dillon. “In one form or another, they have been around for generations, but they could not — in the current state of the economy — make it to the 100-year mark.”

He added that the company is expanding its geographical reach to include Montlake, Eastlake, South Lake Union, Ballard, Belltown and other neighborhoods adjacent to the downtown core.

“We remain committed to covering issues important to our neighborhood while featuring writers and columnists who have vital things to say,” he said.

Photo/Rainier Valley Post

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6 Comments on "After Nearly 100 Years, South Seattle’s Only Print Paper Calls It Quits"

3 years 8 months ago

whatever the reason, i still think it’s sort of sad.

Chas Talbot
3 years 8 months ago

A real newspaper has real reporters, working full-time for a living in
reporting news & following up on long-running stories. A real newspaper has editors who check the work of their reporters for accuracy, fairness, completeness, good English, compliance with the ethics of journalism. The end-product has physical longevity.

News editors at a real newsletter can & do direct their reporters to cover matters of interest to the readership.

A news source like this one, or worse yet the Columbia City Wiki, largely relies on volunteer input & on news releases from various organizations. What we have is a sort of glorified letters-to-editor type of journalism — some of it is fun, some informative, some just plain trash. And not thorough. Who at the RVP or the Wiki is covering business news here? Who reports on proposed land-use actions? liquor license news? fires? Who publishes announcement of the meetings, say, of the Lakewood-Seward Park Community Club? The SE Crime Prevention Council? Most of that information is out there at oodles of individual websites, but it is not found in the same place in the way information used to be gathered, filtered, & published by the South District Journal,

IF a good business model could be developed, so that outfits like this one (RVP) could actually afford to hire news editors, photographers, reporters, then maybe Internet publications could take the place of print newspapers. Maybe.

3 years 8 months ago

I had rarely seen one since they stopped delivering to my house (I paid for the service, of course) years ago. I do believe that sites like this one contributed to its demise.
Immediate coverage of breaking stories and color pictures —not to mention ads—make for better news distribution.

3 years 8 months ago

The Beacon Hill News and South District Journal were the voices of the South Seattle community for a long time. The power of the internet and social media outlets have killed most neighborhood print newspapers. Denis Law, now Renton Mayor was a former Beacon Hill News editor. He wrote the best Police Blotter column in the city, combing thru South Precinct police reports and giving accurate descriptions of crimes and what/where to look out for. Most police reports ended with the “suspect booked in King County Jail.” Good police work back then too.

Mark B
3 years 8 months ago

It used to be the Beacon hill news south district journal then the south seattle beacon.

3 years 8 months ago

huh, I’ve never even heard of this paper.