The Seattle Times

The Seattle Times

Infobox Newspaper
name =

caption = The July 4, 2006 front page of
"The Seattle Times"
type = Daily newspaper
format = Broadsheet
foundation = 1891
owners = The Seattle Times Company
headquarters = 1120 John Street
Seattle, Washington 98109
editor = David Boardman
publisher = Frank A. Blethen | ISSN = 0745-9696
circulation = 215,311 Daily [ Business & Technology | Seattle's daily newspapers see slight circulation rise | Seattle Times Newspaper ] ]
420,587 Sunday (JOA) [Circulation figures include combined "Seattle Post-Intelligencer" and "The Seattle Times" for Sunday edition.]
website = []

"The Seattle Times", one of two daily newspapers serving Seattle, Washington, United States, is the largest daily newspaper in the state of Washington. Since 1983, the "Times" and Seattle's other major paper, the Hearst-owned "Seattle Post-Intelligencer", have been run under a "Joint Operating Agreement" (JOA) whereby advertising, production, marketing, and circulation are run by the "Times" for both papers. They maintain separate news and editorial departments. The papers put out a combined Sunday edition, to which the "P-I" contributes only a few pages of editorial content.


The Seattle Times originated as the "Seattle Press-Times", a four-page newspaper founded in 1891 with a daily circulation of 3,500, which Maine teacher and attorney Alden J. Blethen bought in 1896.cite web |url= |title=Overview of the Seattle Times |work=The Seattle Times Company web site] [cite web |url= |title=The Seattle Times publishes its first edition edited by new co-owner Alden J. Blethen on August 10, 1896 |first=Walt |last=Crowley |date=2006-08-10 | - The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History] Renamed the "Seattle Daily Times", it doubled its circulation within half a year. By 1915, circulation stood at 70,000. As of September 2007, weekday circulation stood at 215,311.

The "Times" is one of the few remaining major city dailies in the United States independently operated and owned by a local family (the Blethens). The Seattle Times Company, while owning and operating the "Times", also owns three other papers in Washington, as well as Blethen Maine Newspapers, which operate five newspapers based in Maine. The McClatchy Company owns 49.5 percent of voting common stock in the Seattle Times Company, formerly held by Knight Ridder.

The "Times" reporting has received seven Pulitzer Prizes. It has an international reputation for its investigative journalism, in particular. [cite web |url= |title=Investigative Journalism: Will It Survive? |first=Steve |last=Outing |date=2005-11-16 |]

Editorially, the "Times" is slightly more conservative than its sister paper, the "P-I." It endorsed George W. Bush for president in 2000 (while the P-I endorsed Al Gore), but endorsed John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008.

On December 15, 2006 only 13,000 copies of the Seattle Times were printed as a result of a power outage caused by the December 2006 Pacific Northwest storms.

JOA dispute

The "Times" announced its intention to cancel the JOA in 2003, citing a clause in the JOA contract that three consecutive years of profit losses allowed it to pull out of the agreement. [cite news |first=Dan |last=Richman |coauthors=Phuong Lee |title=JOA fight between P-I, Times may heat up |url= |work=Seattle Post-Intelligencer |date=2006-01-26] Hearst sued, arguing that a "force majeure clause" prevented the "Times" from claiming losses as reason to end the JOA when they result from extraordinary events (in this case, a seven week newspaper strike). While a district judge ruled in Hearst's favor, the Times won on appeal, including a unanimous decision from the Washington State Supreme Court on June 30, 2005 [ [ The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Court sides with Seattle Times in JOA dispute] ] Hearst continued to argue that the Times fabricated its loss in 2002. The two papers announced an end to their dispute on April 16 2007. [cite news
title=Seattle Times, P-I reach agreement to keep both newspapers publishing
work=The Seattle Times


The Times was an afternoon paper until 2000, when it switched to morning delivery to avoid the fate of other afternoon newspapers that had shut down. [ [ American Journalism Review: 40 Years Of Death In The Afternoon] ]


External links

* [ "The Seattle Times" online]
* [ "NWsource" Seattle Arts & Entertainment]

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