While last week, I made fun of the Seattle Times’ online content, they do have some original content, and I think the newsroom to make more of a go of it online. In short, it could be worse. It could be The Tacoma News Tribune whose Inside Opinion blog consists of a list of their editorials. In a time of shrinking newsrooms and less news in general, it may be too much to ask the smaller papers to put out content that doesn’t even make it to print.
And of course I’m not being entirely fair here, there are other blogs on The Trib that provide original content. Still, it feels like the focus is on the paper. What you see on Political Buzz will eventually find its way to the paper. Of course, that focus has value. The Tribune puts out a product that especially on the news end is worth a read for people in the South Sound.
Roughly, it seems that the dailies tend to ignore online, or they use it in service of the printing and the weeklies (and now the P-I) have more freedom. While yes, you’ll see content on Slog that will eventually make it into The Stranger, it doesn’t feel like with the Trib or Fairview Fanny. Maybe that’s illusory, and if The Stranger had to put out content every day, we’d see more of what’s on Slog in the paper.