The Seattle Times
is a daily newspaper serving Seattle
, Washington, United States. It was founded in 1891 and has been controlled by the Blethen family since 1896. The Seattle Times
has the largest circulation of any newspaper in Washington state
and the Pacific Northwest
Copies are sold at $2 daily (except Island, Thurston & other WA counties, $2.5) or $3 Sundays/Thanksgiving Day (except Island, Thurston & other WA counties, $4). Prices are higher outside Washington state.
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.
Renamed the 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
at 5th Avenue and Olive Way in 1915. It built a new headquarters, the Seattle Times Building
, north of Denny Way in 1930. The paper moved to its current headquarters at 1000 Denny Way in 2011.
The 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.
This placed the Times
in direct competition with its Joint Operating Agreement
(JOA) partner, the morning Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Nine years later, the Post-Intelligencer
became an online-only publication.
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
, and formerly owned several newspapers in Maine
that were sold to MaineToday Media
. The McClatchy Company
owns 49.5 percent of voting common stock in the Seattle Times Company, formerly held by Knight Ridder
Racial headline controversy
In February 2002, The Seattle Times
ran a subheadline "American outshines Kwan, Slutskaya
in skating surprise" after Sarah Hughes
won the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics
Many Asian Americans felt insulted by the Times
' actions, because Michelle Kwan
is also American.
Asian American community leaders criticized the subheadline as perpetuating a stereotype that people of color can never be truly American.
The incident echoed a similar incident that happened with an MSNBC
article during the Winter games
which was reported on by Times
The newspaper's Executive Editor at the time of the controversy, Mike Fancher
, issued an apology in the aftermath of the controversial headline.
On October 17, 2012, the publishers of The Seattle Times
launched advertising campaigns in support of Republican gubernatorial candidateRob 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
The advertisements in favor of McKenna represent an $
80,000 independent expenditure, making the newspaper the third largest contributor to his campaign.
More than 100 staffers signed a letter of protest sent to Seattle Times
Publisher Frank Blethen, calling it an "unprecedented act".
The Joint Operating Agreement
"Quarters of the news editor", one in a group of four photos in the brochure Seattle and the Orient (1900), collectively captioned "The Seattle Daily Times—Editorial Department"
From 1983 to 2009, the Times
and Seattle's other major paper, the Hearst
-owned 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.
The two papers maintained their own identities with separate news and editorial departments.
announced its intention to cancel the JOA in 2003, citing a clause
in the JOA contract that three consecutive years of losses allowed it to pull out of the agreement.
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.
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.
The JOA was terminated when the Post-Intelligencer
ceased publication; its final printed edition was March 17, 2009.
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
For decades, the broadsheet
page width of the Times
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 121
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 111
inches (29 cm) in width.
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