It may sound like the a member of the police force or a detective agency, but Seattle Post-Intelligencer is actually the city's second leading newspaper.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer was initiated on December 10, 1863 by J.R. Watson as the Seattle Gazette. It was the city's first newspaper which was unsuccessful in the first few years that it came into existence. Sam Maxwell bought the publication in 1867 and changed its name to Weekly Intelligencer. The merger of the Seattle Post and the Weekly Intelligencer in 1881 was where the current name was coined from.
The newspaper's circulation was at 31,000 in 1911. The paper was taken over by William Randolph Hearst in 1921 and owns the Seattle Post-Intelligencer up to this date. It is run, along with The Seattle Times, on a 'Joint Operating Agreement' (JOA). This agreement allows the Seattle Times Company to take care of advertising, production, marketing, and circulation for both newspapers. However, each one has its own news and editorials. Both the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Seattle Times provide a common Sunday publication with its circulation at 469,853. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is only responsible for a few editorial pages. The Seattle Times was trying to withdraw the JOA in 2003, saying that three straight years of losses were enough grounds for the cancellation of the agreement. However, the Hearst Company did not agree with the Seattle Times, and instead, filed a lawsuit to stop the JOA from being cancelled.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is most famous for its political issues, its share of excellent columnists, and its second-time Pulitzer Prize award winner cartoonist, David Horsey. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is considered as more open-minded in its editorials than the Seattle Times. It favored Al Gore in the 2000 presidential elections than George W. Bush. But both publications endorsed John Kerry in the most recent presidential elections.
Seattle's first newspaper has several public service projects like: the Jefferson Awards, which is geared towards excellent community volunteers; the Sports Star of the Year Awards, which commends both the amateur and professional athletes; and the Readers Care Fund, a fund-raising program during the holiday season that benefits the local charities.
For those who missed an issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer or for those who want a more convenient way of reading the day's news, you can visit its website at http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/. It actually provides the same comprehensive reporting as the hard copy but is a more earth-friendly way of knowing the news first-hand.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has gone a long way from being a big flop on its first years to Seattle's second leading newspaper publication. As of September 2005, its circulation was at 132,694 - a great achievement indeed, for something with such humble beginnings.