4d39/1236116053-pi_shirt.jpgSeattle Post-Intelligencer staffers are describing what this city will have lost when, after tomorrow, the newspaper's print edition ceases to exist. Here's P-I reporter Mike Lewis:

We do know this: What's been lost, quite literally, are 150 jobs and the daily delivery of a newspaper that's been published locally since the Civil War. What's been lost are many of the people who are not online but are avid consumers of news. What's been lost are not just those who subscribe, but the people who pick up the discarded paper in a coffee shop, those who read the hard copy because even in an age of advanced news technology, the surprises within the landscape of an unfolding newspaper still can beat click journalism in the same way that an Atlas—inadvertently, inefficiently—still says more about your place in world than Mapquest.

But the honest fact is that a newspaper isn't only the sum of what it has done but also what it will do. A full measure of stories—from Tuesday onward—haven't been written yet. Now they won't be. In the end, we won't ever know what we've lost. I guess that's both a great and terrible thing.

Illustration by Andrew Saeger.