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The Seattle
Seattle
Times is a daily newspaper serving Seattle, Washington, United States. It has the largest circulation of any newspaper in the state of Washington and in the Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest
region. The newspaper was founded in 1891 and has been controlled by the Blethen family since 1896. The Seattle Times Company
The Seattle Times Company
also owns local newspapers in Walla Walla and Yakima. It had a longstanding rivalry with the Post-Intelligencer until the latter ceased publication in 2009.

Contents

1 History 2 Awards 3 Controversies

3.1 Racial headline controversy 3.2 Election controversy

4 The Joint Operating Agreement 5 Content 6 Delivery and page width 7 Prices 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] The Seattle
Seattle
Times originated as the Seattle
Seattle
Press-Times, a four-page newspaper founded in 1891 with a daily circulation of 3,500, which Maine
Maine
teacher and attorney Alden J. Blethen
Alden J. Blethen
bought in 1896.[3][4] Renamed the Seattle
Seattle
Daily Times, it doubled its circulation within half a year. By 1915, circulation stood at 70,000. The newspaper moved to the Times Square Building
Times Square Building
at 5th Avenue and Olive Way in 1915. It built a new headquarters, the Seattle
Seattle
Times Building, north of Denny Way in 1930. The paper moved to its current headquarters at 1000 Denny Way in 2011. The Seattle
Seattle
Times switched from afternoon delivery to mornings on March 6, 2000, citing that the move would help them avoid the fate of other defunct afternoon newspapers.[5] This placed the Times in direct competition with its Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) partner, the morning Seattle
Seattle
Post-Intelligencer.[6] Nine years later, the Post-Intelligencer became an online-only publication.[7] 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
Seattle
Times Company, while owning and operating the Times, also owns three other papers in Washington, and formerly owned several newspapers in Maine
Maine
that were sold to MaineToday Media.[8][9] The McClatchy Company
The McClatchy Company
owns 49.5 percent of voting common stock in the Seattle
Seattle
Times Company, formerly held by Knight Ridder
Knight Ridder
until 2006.[10] Awards[edit] The Times reporting has received 10 Pulitzer Prizes,[3] most recently for its breaking news coverage of the 2014 landslide that killed 43 people in Oso, Wash. It has an international reputation for its investigative journalism, in particular.[11] In April 2012, investigative reporters Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong won the Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Investigative Reporting for a series documenting more than 2,000 deaths caused by the state of Washington's use of methadone as a recommended painkiller in state-supported care.[12] In April 2010, the Times staff won the Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Breaking News Reporting for its coverage, in print and online, of the shooting deaths of four police officers in a Lakewood coffee house and the 40-hour manhunt for the suspect."[13] Controversies[edit] Racial headline controversy[edit] In February 2002, The Seattle
Seattle
Times ran a subheadline "American outshines Kwan, Slutskaya in skating surprise" after Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes
won the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics.[14][15] Many Asian Americans felt insulted by the Times' actions, because Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan
is also American.[16] Asian American community leaders criticized the subheadline as perpetuating a stereotype that people of color can never be truly American.[16] The incident echoed a similar incident that happened with an MSNBC article during the Winter games in 1998[16], which was reported on by Times.[17] The newspaper's Executive Editor at the time of the controversy, Mike Fancher, issued an apology in the aftermath of the controversial headline.[16] Election controversy[edit] On October 17, 2012, the publishers of The Seattle
Seattle
Times launched advertising campaigns in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna
Rob McKenna
and a state referendum to legalize same-sex marriage. The newspaper's management said the ads were aimed at "demonstrating how effective advertising with The Times can be."[18] The advertisements in favor of McKenna represent an $80,000 independent expenditure, making the newspaper the third largest contributor to his campaign.[19] More than 100 staffers signed a letter of protest sent to Seattle
Seattle
Times Publisher Frank Blethen, calling it an "unprecedented act".[20] The Joint Operating Agreement[edit]

"Quarters of the news editor", one in a group of four photos in the brochure Seattle
Seattle
and the Orient (1900), collectively captioned "The Seattle
Seattle
Daily Times— Editorial
Editorial
Department"

From 1983 to 2009, the Times and Seattle's other major paper, the Hearst-owned Seattle
Seattle
Post-Intelligencer, were run under a "Joint Operating Agreement" (JOA) whereby advertising, production, marketing, and circulation were controlled by the Times for both papers.[3] The two papers maintained their own identities with separate news and editorial departments. The Times announced its intention to cancel the Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) in 2003, citing a clause in the JOA contract that three consecutive years of losses allowed it to pull out of the agreement.[21] 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 strike by members of the Newspaper Guild). 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.[22] 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.[23] This arrangement JOA was terminated when the Post-Intelligencer ceased publication; its final printed edition was March 17, 2009.[7] Content[edit] The Times contains different sections every day. Each daily edition includes Main News & Business, a NW section for the day, Sports, and any other sections listed below. Friday: NW Autos; Weekend Plus Saturday: NW Homes Sunday: Business; ShopNW; NW Jobs; NW Arts&Life; NW Traveler; Pacific NW Magazine Pacific NW is a glossy magazine published every week and inserted in the Sunday edition. Delivery and page width[edit] For decades, the broadsheet page width of the Times was 13 1⁄2 inches (34 cm), printed from a 54-inch web, the four-page width of a roll of newsprint. Following changing industry standards, the width of the page was reduced in 2005 by 1 inch (2.5 cm), to 12 1⁄2 inches (32 cm), now a 50-inch web standard. In February 2009, the web size was further reduced to 46 inches, which narrowed the page by another inch to 11 1⁄2 inches (29 cm) in width.[24] Prices[edit] The Times' prices are: $1.50 daily (up from $1 since mid-January 2017) & $2 Sunday/Thanksgiving Day in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties; elsewhere in Washington state, $1.50/2 daily & $3 Sundays/Thanksgiving Day; price is higher in adjacent states/provinces.[25] See also[edit]

Seattle
Seattle
portal

References[edit]

^ "Don Shelton named Seattle
Seattle
Times editor". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Associated Press. June 28, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.  ^ "Top Media Outlets, June 2013; U.S. Daily Newspapers" (PDF). BurrellesLuce. June 2013. Retrieved 2016-07-31.  ^ a b c "Overview of the Seattle
Seattle
Times". The Seattle
Seattle
Times Company.  ^ Crowley, Walt (August 10, 2006). "The Seattle
Seattle
Times publishes its first edition edited by new co-owner Alden J. Blethen
Alden J. Blethen
on August 10, 1896". HistoryLink.org - The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History.  ^ American Journalism Review: 40 Years Of Death In The Afternoon Archived March 30, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ " Seattle
Seattle
Times Shifts to Mornings". The New York Times. March 5, 2000. Retrieved January 28, 2016.  ^ a b Pérez-Peña, Richard (March 11, 2009). "As Cities Go From Two Papers to One, Talk
Talk
of Zero". The New York Times. Retrieved January 28, 2016.  ^ Richards, Bill (June 2009). "Blethen's Choice". Seattle
Seattle
Business Magazine. Retrieved June 28, 2016.  ^ Mapes, Lynda V. (June 16, 2009). "Times Co. completes long-stalled sale of Maine
Maine
newspapers". The Seattle
Seattle
Times. Retrieved June 28, 2016.  ^ "McClatchy Now Gets 49% of ' Seattle
Seattle
Times'–And Gains 2 Other Washington Papers". Editor & Publisher. March 14, 2006. Retrieved June 28, 2016.  ^ Outing, Steve (November 16, 2005). "Investigative Journalism: Will It Survive?". NetNovinar.org. Archived from the original on October 4, 2007.  ^ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
Winners".  ^ "The 2010 Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
Winners".  ^ Chang, Iris (2003). The Chinese in America: A Narrative History. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-1-101-12687-5. Retrieved 20 February 2018.  ^ Tewari, Nita; Alvarez, Alvin N., eds. (2009). Asian American Psychology: Current Perspectives. Taylor & Francis Group. p. 421. Retrieved 20 February 2018.  ^ a b c d Fancher, Mike (3 March 2002). "Times won't forget readers' reminder on Kwan headline". The Seattle
Seattle
Times. Retrieved 20 February 2018.  ^ Sorensen, Eric (3 March 1998). "Asian Groups Attack Msnbc Headline Referring To Kwan -- News Web Site Apologizes For Controversial Wording". The Seattle
Seattle
Times. Retrieved 20 February 2018.  ^ Brunner, Jim (October 17, 2012). " Seattle
Seattle
Times Co. launches ad campaigns for McKenna and gay marriage, draws criticism". The Seattle Times.  ^ Gill, Kathy (October 22, 2012). " Seattle
Seattle
Times Ad Buy Leads To Newsroom, Reader Protests". The Seattle
Seattle
Times.  ^ Brunner, Jim (October 18, 2012). " Seattle
Seattle
Times news staffers protest company's political-ad campaign". The Seattle
Seattle
Times.  ^ Richman, Dan; Phuong Lee (January 26, 2006). "JOA fight between P-I, Times may heat up". Seattle
Seattle
Post-Intelligencer.  ^ "The Seattle
Seattle
Post-Intelligencer, Court sides with Seattle
Seattle
Times in JOA dispute" ^ Pryne, Eric (April 17, 2007). " Seattle
Seattle
Times, P-I reach agreement to keep both newspapers publishing". The Seattle
Seattle
Times. Retrieved November 16, 2007.  ^ " Seattle
Seattle
Times making move to 46-inch web". News and Tech.com, February 2008 ^ Newsstands Pricing. The Seattle
Seattle
Times

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