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    Updated: Ann Arbor News to close in July

    by Stefanie Murray | The Ann Arbor News
    Monday March 23, 2009, 9:18 AM


    The Ann Arbor News will cease publication in July. A new company, AnnArbor.com, will be launched at that time.

    Editor's note: This story is being updated throughout the day.

    The Ann Arbor News will close in July after publishing as the city's daily newspaper since 1835, publisher Laurel Champion announced today.

    Heavy losses in revenue drove the decision. Champion said the current "business model is not sustainable." Advertising revenue slumped more than 20 percent in January compared to the same month last year.

    "This isn't about abandoning local journalism, it's about serving it up in a very different way," Champion told employees, as she visibly fought back tears.

    A new Web-based media company called AnnArbor.com LLC will be launched later this year. In addition to publishing continuously online, AnnArbor.com will publish a print edition twice a week.

    Champion, who will be executive vice president of AnnArbor.com, told News employees they can apply for positions with the new company, although job losses are inevitable. A total of 272 people work for the newspaper at both its main downtown Ann Arbor office and its Pittsfield Township printing plant. The newspaper has a daily circulation of nearly 45,000.

    "We have an extremely talented staff at The Ann Arbor News, and they have done a tremendous job through very difficult times," Champion said in a letter to readers. "There is nothing they did or didn't do that would have sustained our seven-day print business model."

    Employees gathered in a first floor conference room at 9 a.m. on Monday to hear Champion's announcement. There was an audible gasp when she told workers that the newspaper would close, and some people could be seen wiping tears from their eyes.

    Champion said she was told only in the last month that Newhouse, the parent company of The News, had decided to close the newspaper. A few top managers were informed of the decision in the last few days, but the majority of employees found out Monday.

    Afterward, reporters, editors and photographers appeared dazed as they huddled in groups to discuss the news. Ed Petykiewicz, editor of The News, looked visibly shaken as he paced the newsroom. Several times he could be seen removing his glasses to rub his eyes.

    On Friday, Petykiewicz announced he would retire from The News this spring after more than 20 years with the company.

    Sports reporter Dave Holzman said the announcement was shocking.

    "It's devastating. I didn't really see this coming today," he said. "I thought there would be a final day for the paper ... but I really didn't think it would be this soon." He said he had expected the paper to continue publishing for a couple of more years."

    Holzman, 47, has been with The News for 19 years.

    "It's been my life for a long time. I can't remember what my other job was before this."

    Many people in the community said they were shocked as well to hear the news, which was quickly picked up by area radio and tv stations, along with other media outlets.

    "My biggest worry is is there going to be an adequate amount of news that will get out to the community," said Ann Arbor City Council Stephen Rapundalo. "It is a serious concern of mine."

    "I sort of have tears in my eyes," said Joan Lowenstein, a former City Council member who currently serves on the Downtown Development Authority board. Lowenstein is a lawyer who once represented The News.

    "First of all, citizens find out about government from reading the newspaper, but government officials also find out what is happening with the citizens by reading the newspaper.

    "You lose that kind of mirror as a government official. Citizens will lose the ability to follow all kinds of information."

    Employees at The News will be given a severance package that includes one week of pay for every year of service and some extended medical benefits. Meetings were scheduled on Monday and Tuesday for current News employees to meet with Matt Kraner, president of AnnArbor.com, to discuss the new company and its job openings.

    Champion said it is likely that some of The News' staff will be offered positions with the new company, and that readers could expect to see content from some familiar writers.

    Kraner, formerly chief marketing officer of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, was named president and chief executive officer of AnnArbor.com, and Tony Dearing, former editor of the Flint Journal who also served as business editor and managing editor of The Ann Arbor News in the 1990s, was named chief content leader.

    Champion described AnnArbor.com as an innovative, community news and information service. AnnArbor.com also will produce a twice-a-week newspaper, published on Thursday and Sunday and a total-market coverage product once a week.

    The Ann Arbor News will continue publishing a daily newspaper through July, she said.

    Champion said AnnArbor.com will be more than a Web site with articles. For example, social networking features will allow for real-time conversations, reporters will be equipped to report news as it happens, and reader input will drive features on the site.

    Community forums about AnnArbor.com will occur Thursday, April 2 at the Campus Inn at 2 p.m. and on Friday, April 3 at Weber's Inn at 10 a.m. Information on additional forums will be posted on AnnArbor.com.

    COMMENTS (149)Post a comment
    Posted by erson123 on 03/23/09 at 9:30AM

    Wow, this is terrible news. First the Detroit papers and now the Ann Arbor News. Most people who sit in front of a computer all day at work don't want to come home and read the news on one. I, like many people, read some articles throughout the day but when I get home, I want my paper.

    Posted by chefster on 03/23/09 at 9:44AM

    What the ????, I am gonna go back to bed ,get back up, and restart my computer.

    I love you guys.

    Posted by uawisok on 03/23/09 at 9:49AM

    Does this mean the A2 news will stop throwing the unwanted news/ads circular on my sidewalk once a week now? I hope so!

    Posted by YouEmPhan on 03/23/09 at 9:51AM

    How are you supposed to take a computer into the bathroom????

    Posted by 1201smain on 03/23/09 at 9:51AM

    I think everyone saw this coming. The A2News isn't what it used to be. The afternoon format has never worked for me since I work in front of a computer all day. Most things that would be of interest to me in the print edition have already been read online. I do hope the sunday "print product" by the new annarbor.com is a legit sunday newspaper .... but I have my doubts.

    Posted by hedgehog65 on 03/23/09 at 9:52AM

    Sounds like a good idea. Although, I think they should bring in new blood -not the same old (failed) print management.

    RIP AAnews. The ship finally sunk.

    Posted by mich48103 on 03/23/09 at 9:53AM

    This will be a sad day, not every one has the knowledge and time to be on the computer. It takes alot of time and the senior citizens do not know h0w

    Posted by Heather101 on 03/23/09 at 10:04AM

    I aggree 101%. I catch a few stories on line during the day, but I don't have/want a computer in my home. I look at one enough all day. More people out of work....whooppie!!!

    Posted by bicyclepete on 03/23/09 at 10:05AM

    Shocking. Yet not. This time it's not a cycle it's a reset.

    Posted by desmya2330 on 03/23/09 at 10:06AM

    I read stories on line, but like to read the things in the paper that I didn't catch on line. Also, I save clippings of sports sections of our boys...now I'll have to order the prints if they're in the paper.

    Ann Arbor News is another pillar of this community that has crumbled...what's left? Oh yeah...the prisons and jails.

    You WILL be missed...

    Posted by Heather101 on 03/23/09 at 10:10AM

    What about the older folks who only have the paper,no computer?

    WHAT ABOUT THE COUPONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by lumberg48108 on 03/23/09 at 10:15AM

    This is a sad day but it has ZERO to do with the quality of the paper! Its the economy stupid! And the Interent, which has siphoned off profits for years. Do people graps how Monster.com and Ctaig's List have taken their revenue?

    All papers are cutting back and the A2 News, competing in a "shadow market" of Detroit had no chance to survive. If papers in Seattle and Denver cant survive, what chance did A2 News have!

    The internet has changed the world ... for better or worse! Print journalism is a casualty of the changing world and the economy sped up their demise.

    I dont understand changing the name though, unless its a legal issue. They can still call themselves A2 News even if only online ...

    Posted by alangoldsmit on 03/23/09 at 10:22AM

    I'm guessing that is so they can fire the entire A2 News staff and not have to move any over, unless they are 'hired' by the new company.

    As a subscriber of the News since 1973, it's sad the Newhouse Family has sucked the dollars out of Michigan for years and not planned for the future. Why not have the paper produced for the Kindle 2 or some sort of electronic hand held reader? The Detroit Papers are moving in that direction it appears. There are dozens of newspapers available via Kindle delivery.

    Hopefully that will be the case because a webpage version and a paid subscription to access it isn't going to work.

    Posted by Rebbapragada on 03/23/09 at 10:31AM

    It is indeed a sad news and it is a reflection of our changed times.Newspapers need readers and good circulation numbers to generate revnue from its advertisers.The steady loss of advertising revenue is the culprit.

    However, it is the time to thank the staff for their valuable contribution to this community.

    Posted by JENNIFER3818 on 03/23/09 at 10:37AM

    They want to change names so there current staff has to be new hires and get paid less for the same work they have done for years. I feel horrible for all the employees that have worked there for years and are now getting told they are closing the A2news the same day they are telling everyone.
    For the most part if you like reading half of the paper online you already are, if you are like the 75% of paper readers there is a reason for it. There are alot of older readers that like to read the "paper", also MLIVE sucks I very rarely read the online paper I only read it today because I heard about this on the yahoo news. NEWHOUSE I hope you understand what the reprocussions are going to be from this, you own several newspapers in Michigan which paper is next? The Jackson Citizen Patriot, or Saginaw News or Grand Rapids???? or all?

    Posted by waam on 03/23/09 at 10:39AM

    What! No government bailout.

    The sad news is this didn't have to happen if the News would have listened to the community what we wanted.

    I guess all that is left are the Ann Arbor Chronicle and YpsiNews.com to write the hard news, submit FOIA's and hold local government accountable.

    Posted by alangoldsmit on 03/23/09 at 10:41AM

    So if you live in Jackson or Grand Rapids you still get your newspaper 7 days a week. I guess they have plenty of businesses buying ads?

    But upscale Ann Arbor, because everyone in town is internet savy, is the experimental lab for the future of 'newspapers'.

    Got it.

    Posted by Southbeagle on 03/23/09 at 10:44AM

    Now what are we going to wrap the fish guts in?

    Posted by jacobmaxdad on 03/23/09 at 10:45AM

    I second Heather101's comment - I guess I'll have to read the Busch's flier online in its tiny, online unreadable-ness. Also, what about the other coupons? What about local happenings? Someone needs to start a new bi-weekly publication that is a combination News/Observer, but with real news stories - no more dog finds home, or dancing around University issues.

    To younger readers (I guess that means under 40) who think all news online is the way, what are you going to read in your senior years, once your eyes have given out from squinting at PDAs, phones, Kindles, etc, for years and years, if there aren't any newspapers?

    Posted by cinnabar7071 on 03/23/09 at 10:50AM

    I saw this coming about 5 years ago, when they decided home delivery meant throwing the paper at the end of my driveway, instead of the porch. I decided if I had to get dressed to get the paper I would just go to the corner store the couple of days I actually read the paper. I guess it's for the best, at least we will be saving trees.

    Posted by babette111 on 03/23/09 at 10:53AM

    Hmmm, my copy of the paper ends up right at my door. Maybe, cinnabar, you're not tipping your carrier.

    This all makes me sad, though. It may be for the best, it's true but I sure hope these people can find jobs.

    Posted by Heather101 on 03/23/09 at 11:01AM

    Legal notices have to be posted for specific lengths of time so the public has a full chance to see them, this should be interesting.

    My take on the advertising is that business' should start talking to their local printing companies right now, maybe postcards, group circulars.

    DO NOT allow politicians to cram a "do not mail" list down our throats, or businees will be sol.

    You realize, the public will eventually be asked to pay for a subscription to aa.com

    Posted by russms on 03/23/09 at 11:03AM

    Thank you, MediaNews; thank you, Gannett; and now, thank you Newhouse. You have all done a great job of turning southeast Michigan into a media wasteland.

    As if corruption and incompetence in local government were not bad enough as it is. Let the new era of unaccountability in Ann Arbor begin!

    Posted by glimmertwin on 03/23/09 at 11:11AM

    >> The Employees of the
    As UNEMPLOYED Workers We Cannot Buy Your CARS .

    Ok, I see. So because the product is not up to par, we should buy it anyway just so newspaper employees can keep their jobs.

    Just like the auto companies, businesses have to change with the times. Painful, but true.

    I personally like getting a newspaper, but there just isn't enough there for me to subscribe for seven day delivery.

    Posted by bkotarsk on 03/23/09 at 11:13AM

    Where is OBAMA , When u need him .
    Time For A Change ?

    Posted by dhcomment on 03/23/09 at 11:24AM

    Why is this a surprise to anyone? The print newspaper industry has been living on a business model that does not make sense or money for a too long. The AA News has been producing very little local news and mostly reprinting AP and NY Times articles which are available via other sources. I do think this is a huge disruption for many and regret that fact but frankly the surprise at this is more of a story. I will miss having the paper available but frankly in the end will save paper and reduce waste. It is time to rethink what a news source needs to be to survive. I hope the few good journalists at the AA News leverage their brand and find a new space in a media that can provide a living for them. Good luck folks.

    Posted by donderop on 03/23/09 at 11:28AM

    The only bright spot in this is the end of Gantert stories -- hopefully.

    Posted by glimmertwin on 03/23/09 at 11:28AM

    I, for one, am going to look at the bright side through all of this.

    After all these years, the problem of me trying to read a soaking wet newspaper is finally going to be solved.

    Posted by FarlyMyDear on 03/23/09 at 11:33AM

    Actually, this story is toooo funny...

    Lets see, unless you subscribe to satellite radio, you soon won't have radio news.

    TV news has already said it is getting too expensive to carry the news, and evening news (6pm) may be the next victim.

    Published newspapers are now R.I.P.

    So unless you subscribe to RSS feeds on your Internet connection, for a fee, you aren't going to get the news.

    People said HAM radio was dead. I think not, those amateur radio guys and SWL folks may soon be the only ones that have an inkling as to what is going on outside their block.

    And we think we're making progress in communications. Looks like its more regression than progress.

    Posted by 226chosen on 03/23/09 at 11:35AM

    the real losers are the public. Who will watch over the annointed politicians? the officeholders who abuse public trust...the payment under the tables and academic fraud involving athletes...
    the spotlight of the media is the best sanitizer...
    now people will not know even the most basic of informational facts.
    you, the reader, will feel the greatest impact.

    Posted by Cosmonican on 03/23/09 at 11:36AM

    Things change, so be it. I won't read most of that stuff online since my eyes don't need the extra strain and so much of it is only there for a cheap laugh.

    I use the paper for mulch in the garden ... oh well.

    Before it's all over I'll give the paper boy a $50 tip -- it's not his fault, and he's been really good.

    You really can't fault the content either. The layout, quality of editing, and section format are all bad, but it does not add up to a failed product. Things change, so be it.

    Posted by babette111 on 03/23/09 at 11:37AM

    bkotarsk, no way are you really saying that.

    Posted by Dixiehwy on 03/23/09 at 11:45AM

    I assume the News building will become part of the Historical district?

    Posted by HuronBob on 03/23/09 at 11:46AM

    Reading a newspaper is part of my lifestyle, however, lately the A2 News has been more of a sports rag for the U of M, with sports consuming even the front page. I will miss my news delivery person, he's great guy. Now I have to decide what to replace it with.

    Posted by russms on 03/23/09 at 11:47AM

    I think it comes as something of a surprise because in general, the outlook for newspapers like the Ann Arbor News is much better than the outlook for large metro dailies like, say, the Free Press. A year ago -- even before the Detroit papers announced that they would largely cease home delivery -- I would have been willing to bet a fair amount that the AA News would outlive both Detroit papers. Many mid-sized (30k-100k circulation) newspapers remain quite profitable, and I still suspect that the recession was hurting the News every bit as much as secular changes in the industry. Now we can only wonder if the News could have ridden out the storm.

    But with that said, the newspaper industry certainly does need to change if it is going to survive. It is just sad to see Newhouse basically give up the ghost in this town -- leaving Ann Arbor with nothing but a website and weekly that surely will provide even less local news than the current, depleted print product -- rather than trying to innovate.

    Posted by dading on 03/23/09 at 11:53AM

    why doesn't the aapd and city council move into there...?

    Posted by alangoldsmit on 03/23/09 at 11:56AM

    Great idea but where would the 'water garden' go?


    Posted by Rottenelm on 03/23/09 at 11:57AM

    Last week I saw a huge 12-passenger van with Washtenaw County ID markings going slowly through my neighborhood. What were they doing? Tossing free copies of the News on the driveways of non-subscribers.

    That's how you will get you paper in the future. That is how the requirements of the county's newspaper of legal record will be met. A sopping wet rag in your driveway delivered by prisoners, courtesy of your tax dollars for the gasoline.

    Those prisoners will be sizing up your house by-the-way, so they can burgle it when they get out. Buy some iron bars for your windows and hire an alarm company for the good of the economy. Like the "butterfly theory", or the "broken window effect", this change will have unseen and negative repercussions on all of us.

    Posted by magnacarta on 03/23/09 at 12:02PM

    The A2 News probably would survive if they did not publish only the lefts subjective psycho babble from the NY Times and some substantial objective analysis.
    The more leftist papers die, the better.
    I can not wait till The New York Times is a comic book, goes belly up.
    Maybe then a time will come when, "The truth will be served".

    Posted by hedgehog65 on 03/23/09 at 12:04PM

    Maybe the Bistro Bar and Grill could move into the building!! Or Tios!

    Posted by EMURetiree on 03/23/09 at 12:05PM

    Very sad news for Washtenaw County. And if that once per week advertising crap is thrown on my driveway, (as it sounded on AnnArbor.com like it would be)I will personally drive it right back to one of the people running AnnArbor.com and throw it back to their driveway. If you won't print a paper for me, do NOT litter my yard and make me haul more stuff to recycling.

    Posted by Technojunkie on 03/23/09 at 12:06PM

    The Ann Arbor News should offer subscriptions in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format like the WSJ and a few other papers do. Even my near-elderly parents have become hooked on the .pdf version since I bought them a nice big monitor to read it on. Being able to enlarge tiny text is helpful too. Paid daily .pdf subscriptions in addition to what the News seems to be planning would be the way to go... maybe? Screens are getting better and cheaper all the time. My notebook is my e-reader. I very much like not having to lug dead trees around.

    Bringing website development for annarbor.com in-house, if that's what they're doing, is a good idea. mlive is OK but with all the tech talent in this town I'm sure they can do better.

    Posted by glimmertwin on 03/23/09 at 12:13PM

    Doesn't Hometown? papers, or is it Suburban, that do print production in Livonia print editions for various communities? My bet is they will pick up this opportunity and print a regional edition for Ann Arbor now that the printed competition is gone.

    Posted by seegreen on 03/23/09 at 12:14PM

    Yes, here's another vote for Tios in the old Snooze building!

    Posted by blackcanoe on 03/23/09 at 12:16PM

    The repercussions will be vast. Everyone whose job has something to do with supplying the actual newsprint to the A2 news will probably lose their jobs as well. I hope this economic mess ends soon.

    Posted by blackcanoe on 03/23/09 at 12:16PM

    The repercussions will be vast. Everyone whose job has something to do with supplying the actual newsprint to the A2 news will probably lose their jobs as well. I hope this economic mess ends soon.

    Posted by MacSunset on 03/23/09 at 12:18PM

    Sad news, but inevitable as publishers across the country had no idea how to compete with the challenge of the internet.

    The one thing newspapers always had was journalistic ethics. Over the last 10-20 years, we've watched those disappear.

    We saw reporters make it their "mission" to get their favorite politicians elected. We saw the lines between tabloids like The National Enquirer and regular newspapers fade away.

    Instead of beating the internet on quality and setting up online subscription models, ethics and proper reporting went by the wayside to save money and they gave away their content on the internet, making it nearly impossible to sell print subscriptions to anyone under 50.

    You can't blame Ed Petykiewicz, though he was in way over his head from the day he arrived about 25 years ago. He just followed the trends and pretended he knew how to manage a newsroom. Editors around the country did the same.

    At least they're seeing the problems now, and are taking steps to correct them. The days of the print newspaper are ending. The question is whether journalism itself is dying.

    I think it's a low point, but there is a need for information, and something will fill that void. It just might not be existing newspapers, as editors like Petykiewicz have allowed newsrooms to decay in recent years. Very few practice real journalism in the new century.

    Posted by mkdi09 on 03/23/09 at 12:21PM

    I saw this happening when the paper endorsed Bush.

    Posted by righta2 on 03/23/09 at 12:21PM

    I for one am only surprised they held out this long, not surprised by this news one bit.

    As to the comments.

    1. If you have a laptop get a wireless router in your house, you can then take your computer into the bathroom, get a tray table and you are all set. Although I would suggest just doing your business (use the spray please) wash your hands and take your laptop to a comfy chair where you can put your feet up.

    2. they said they will have a print edition on thursdays and sundays. This is how it is in canton. (printed by the a2news with mostly a2news anyway)

    3. they will still have coupons on sundays!!!! those companies pay to have the inserts put in the paper, therefore it is a money maker and will help sell papers for home delivery and at the newstand.

    4. I find the news printed in the paper to be two days old anyway. I already read it online and their it is in the paper like it's something new!

    5. fyi, old people without computers sit in front of the TV anyway all day watching soaps, old movies, judge judy then the evening news and then go to bed at 8.

    6. almost anyone who gets a paper doesn't read the whole thing, they usually skim it, skip a section or two altogther (like sports or the recipes)

    7. the days of getting something for 50 cents are over.

    Posted by umbs94 on 03/23/09 at 12:23PM

    "Print is dead."

    Posted by lhill789 on 03/23/09 at 12:24PM

    I tip my carrier and my paper ends up on top of my flowers. I just love how babette can accuse cinnabar of not tipping. If we could all live in your perfect little bubble babette...

    On topic, this is sad news. More people out of work and more elderly without access to news. Yes, I know they are capable of reading on-line but many do not want to or cannot afford a computer, even in AA.

    Posted by dading on 03/23/09 at 12:25PM

    righta2, how do you suppose my mother read's her paper...she's older and does not own, nor could work a computer.

    Posted by MacSunset on 03/23/09 at 12:29PM

    And as an example of how newspapers are doing a half-assed job of adapting to the 'net, just look at the current headlines.

    A misspelled name of a major Ann Arbor road in one headline (Geddes).

    A serious grammatical error in another headline (affect/effect).

    How are we supposed to take The News seriously when they don't even edit their own headlines?

    Posted by righta2 on 03/23/09 at 12:32PM

    then dading, she can get the sunday edition which will include the news of the week.

    I am not advocating no newspapers, but tis a fact, up in armers cannot "save" the paper. You can be sad, lament, boohoo it. They aren't going to keep it anyway. They can not afford to run it. Papers all over the country are going belly up.

    As for your mom you will just have to sit with her and tell her what is going on in the world, maybe she would enjoy her company.

    Posted by drtmk on 03/23/09 at 12:34PM

    I find this development very upsetting. I was a paperboy for the Ann Arbor News and a student reporter from Tappan Junior High. I have been reading the Ann Arbor News since I could read. My scrapbook is full of pictures of and stories about me from the paper. For the past 45 years since I moved from Ann Arbor, I have still read it as much and as often as I could. Of course I was delighted when I could read it online and stay current with Ann Arbor news and opinion and Michigan sports. Now what gave me a few good years of reading each day has played a major part in killing it. The News is one of the few connections I have remaining with Ann Arbor, and I will regret its passing for the rest of my days.

    Posted by dading on 03/23/09 at 12:36PM

    thanks arsk, i didn't think of that. between my brother and i someone visit's w/her daily.

    Posted by eric1964 on 03/23/09 at 12:36PM

    Well cool maybe we will get real news now and stop the promotions of the liberal capital of the country.and the ignorant city council.E.M.

    Posted by spacepunk on 03/23/09 at 12:38PM

    After I moved out to Jersey City thereby shuttering the Ypsi City Desk, this move by the A2 News was inevitable. I could only prop them up for so long....'

    Hope the rest of you are well, especially you glimmertwinfan!

    Posted by webcrawler09 on 03/23/09 at 12:41PM

    This is very sad. I will miss reading the paper. I read a few stories during the day while at work, but when I get home I like to read the paper in depth. I look at a computer screen all day and don't wish too do so when I'm home.

    Posted by blackblue68 on 03/23/09 at 12:41PM

    I find it very hard to keep the faith in our state any more it is getting to the point we are all very scared about our jobs

    Posted by babette111 on 03/23/09 at 12:43PM

    lhill789, reading comprehension issues again? So sad... I didn't accuse, I said "maybe." And if you re-read (or get someone to read it to you if that's too hard) Cinnabar's comment, s/he was suggesting that the carrier's decision to not deliver the paper to their doorstep was the downfall of the entire organization. Seems a little short-sighted to me.

    Posted by EMURetiree on 03/23/09 at 12:45PM

    5. fyi, old people without computers sit in front of the TV anyway all day watching soaps, old movies, judge judy then the evening news and then go to bed at 8.
    (Quoting righta2)
    Really? Where did you come up with this misguided opinion....another Rush Limbaugh comment? A sarcastic, cruel, flippant response to a real concern.

    The elderly WILL miss the print media. Clearly that is not a concern for the A2News, but it is a reality. My mom is 90, a retired teacher. She doesn't want a computer any more. But she actively reads and watches the news. She's never watched a soap or Judge Judy. My aunt, who is 94, never misses reading print media or watching news. She is more informed than many younger Americans. And they BOTH never miss an election and they VOTE!
    It's so easy to paint seniors with the same brush.
    But what is easy is not always correct.

    I'm not saying a version of the news should be available in print for the elderly. I AM saying that people should respect the elderly and their choices and not paint them as mindless morons.

    Posted by 1blockradius on 03/23/09 at 12:48PM

    First of all: It's sad to see more jobs lost in the local economy. That said....

    Liberal newspapers are going out of business across the country. Look at the largest and most liberal paper in the country: The New York Times, they'll be bankrupt before the end of 2009. Watch and see....

    The American public is getting fed up with biased stories; this includes TOPICS of stories that are chosen to report on, not just biasing wording. Anyone know what's going on in Iraq ? It's actually good news, but you won't read about it in the Ann Arbor News or New York Times.

    Especially, people don't want media to tell them who to vote for. My belief is there is a lot of that going around in the media and people are starting to get wise to it. The paper's job is to REPORT an issue, not decide what I think.

    Those that blame the internet for the failure of this paper aren't seeing the big picture in my opinion. Businesses that don't evolve over the years go under.

    Those that are concerned about the general public not being able to hold the public officials accountable - I partially agree, but the Ann Arbor news didn't do a good job at it anyway.

    Here's the main point: People want local news. An entrepreneur will come along and offer a good , cost effective idea to fill that need. Just watch... it's America.


    Posted by righta2 on 03/23/09 at 12:52PM

    the old people I know do that.

    just think of how hard those newspaper hoarders will have it. They won't be able to add to the piles they save all over the house!

    Posted by webcrawler09 on 03/23/09 at 12:54PM

    I like to browse M-Live while at work, but when i get home I want an actual paper in my hands to read. What a sad day to hear we are losing our newspaper. It took me awhile to get over losing our Ypsi paper and now the A2 paper is shutting down.

    Posted by lhill789 on 03/23/09 at 12:54PM

    Maybe you need to go back and read the comment again. It was a suggestion of the organization as a whole just not caring, from the bottom on up. And please, you did accuse, own up to it at least.

    Posted by lewismedlock on 03/23/09 at 12:58PM

    I miss the old AA News but that died years ago. The tabloid junk they are printing these days won't be missed.

    Posted by lumberg48108 on 03/23/09 at 12:59PM

    ironic story on the wire today ... "What Happens When a Town Loses Its Newspaper?"


    Posted by babette111 on 03/23/09 at 12:59PM

    ldill, thanks for reading my mind. You have so many talents!

    Posted by glimmertwin on 03/23/09 at 1:01PM

    >> Hope the rest of you are well, especially you glimmertwinfan!


    Have you run into the Boss in a bar yet?

    Posted by lhill789 on 03/23/09 at 1:04PM

    I have many talents, baguette. You seem to only know how to insult people anonymously on-line... then backtrack when called out on it.

    Posted by babette111 on 03/23/09 at 1:07PM

    lumberg, very interesting and thanks for posting that link... I wonder if A2 qualifies as small town. I have a feeling we do.

    Posted by in4mation on 03/23/09 at 1:09PM

    Well? I read WSJ on my iPhone so I'll read AnnArbor.com there too. They may want to consider a subscription service like WSJ.

    Posted by babette111 on 03/23/09 at 1:11PM

    OK, if you say so, lkill-joy. I think you're taking this 'way too seriously but whatevs, dude.

    Posted by lhill789 on 03/23/09 at 1:15PM

    Actually, I made a bet with someone here at the office (who is enjoying this as much as I)that you would not stop without getting the last word in. So far, I'm winning.

    Posted by EyeHeartA2 on 03/23/09 at 1:17PM

    This is a very sad day. I have suscribed to the news since we moved here from out of state to work for an auto company in 1985.

    What is really disappointing is the attitude a lot of people display here. Bitterness, blame (everything from being too left, to too right, to the paperboy) This includes the "you didn't buy my paper so I won't buy you car" comment. BTW, I DO buy your paper.

    At least try to remember that a lot of people are worried about thier job, thier future and the future of thier family. Try not to pile on.

    Posted by righta2 on 03/23/09 at 1:17PM

    hey 1block.

    you know that is in the early stages of turning people into mindless followers, so much more easy to be taken over by aliens or machines!

    how funny the roles have reversed. The leftists take over and the "conservatives" are now the rebel thinkers!

    Posted by babette111 on 03/23/09 at 1:20PM

    Really? You're winning? Congrats. You must be very proud of this most crowning achievement.

    Posted by lovinjackson on 03/23/09 at 1:23PM

    If it's any consolation, our Jackson Cit Pat is probably not far behind. Our paper has drastically rolled downhill - in subscribers, advertisers, local content stories, etc. It's not worth subscribing to because there is nothing in it worth reading. If it's bad news, it's front page. If it's a good news story, it's buried on page four, lower left hand corner. Sunday paper is a giant nothing - filled with articles from everywhere but here.

    While I, too, enjoy physically holding and reading the paper there simply is not enough content to warrant the expense to subscribe. I can read what I need to know on-line.

    Posted by CobraII on 03/23/09 at 1:24PM

    What am I supposed to line my rabbit's cage with?
    That's the only thing th A2 News was good for anyway!

    Posted by jopb on 03/23/09 at 1:25PM

    Bummer. First Shaky Jake leaves us and now the News.

    Posted by meanmustard on 03/23/09 at 1:28PM

    Oh my. This is quite a new era we are entering! I am not surprised by the need to stay more competitive.

    Posted by lhill789 on 03/23/09 at 1:31PM

    So true 1 block. Just an example, Obama was laughing while talking about the economy on 60 minutes last night, like its a big joke. You won't read about that anywhere. I still can't believe he's getting a free pass on the special olympics comment.

    Posted by lhill789 on 03/23/09 at 1:33PM

    hahaha, I figured as much. And look, she just couldn't resist replying.

    Posted by righta2 on 03/23/09 at 1:35PM

    hey cobraII, don't worry, you will soon be out of work or not able to pay your bills and so desperate for food you will have to eat your rabbit. Cage liner problem solved.

    People. Buy local, please! It is getting bad for small business, really dire around here :( stop buying crap at the big box stores, if their numbers are down they use other stores revenue to float the lower generating revenue stores. But us onsie independant stores could use your purchases!

    Posted by babette111 on 03/23/09 at 1:37PM

    Geez, lhill. At least *try* to look it up before you post. My quick "old soul" google shows 1,626 articles on the topic. I mean, I know I'm just an old spinster but even I know that qualifies as coverage.

    And if you think that's real news anyway, well, that explains a lot. That's more coverage than the war in Afghanistan. I think that's a little more important than how to interpret Obama's laughter but YMMV.

    Posted by sbidlack on 03/23/09 at 1:40PM

    The Ann Arbor NEWS has been part of my life for 54 years. I know many of the NEWS' employees, and my heart aches for those wonderful, dedicated, people.

    I am surprised at the number of unthinking and mean-spirited comments appearing here this morning. They are a sad commentary on the lack of compassion for the workers who will so greatly suffer from this unfortunate decision.

    To the men and women of the NEWS: thank you for your many years of fine service and commitment to my home town.

    Stan Bidlack

    Posted by Tru2Blu76 on 03/23/09 at 1:41PM

    This announcement brings with it a "new" experience for me: I'm terribly depressed and yet I see that this change provides some good - for many, if not all.

    Depressed: Because the cliche is true: The town newspaper (print editions) are part and parcel of the town itself. So losing the "hard copy" is like loosing an arm: that kind of trauma. I've lived in Ann Arbor since 1974. We raised our daughter here - she graduated high school here and then she graduated U of M here. Throughout, I've read the print edition of the A2 News and, as of a few years ago, I've read the online version as well. But I never considered the print edition as "non-essential." I've read articles in the print edition which prompted me to write letters to the editor and even emails to the reporters.

    Also, I feel about "print on paper" the same as many do: it's a medium we've lived with for centuries. It's in our culture as well as our intellectual lives. If it is truly to "go" - then we'll miss it.

    OTH: I do read MANY newspapers including the A2 News online. There's the advantage of it being far faster and immediate, the advantage of being more interactive. Not to mention that we can read most of the content of the New York Times, the LA Times and MANY other papers (even in other countries) on our computers. The most likely blow to this side will be: the institution of the "by paid subscription only" model. That would knock me out of accessing all but a couple of newspapers.

    So, those who caution that "seniors" would lose access to the news are partly right -and it's not just lack of computers or computer skills: it's the potential for being kept out by lack of funds to pay for access. As for "Kindle" - that is too expensive for what it does. Reading novels (or newspapers) from the public libraries is the only thing now available to some. It could be - some day -that libraries will switch to "electronic only" and some kind of inexpensive devise might come along to enable "everyone" to access libraries as well as newspapers. But that won't happen by next July!

    Ann Arbor is exceptional in many ways: I just hope that "it" can come up with an exceptional way of dealing with this loss.

    Posted by alan01 on 03/23/09 at 1:49PM

    Very sorry for all who will lose their jobs, especially the carriers, who really need the gig.

    This was inevitable: Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable by Clay Shirky


    Posted by StrongFire on 03/23/09 at 1:50PM

    How can the Ann Arbor News survive the 1929 Depression but not this recession? Something is terribly wrong here.

    Posted by MJSteklac on 03/23/09 at 2:00PM

    This is terrible news although not surprising as I have noticed the paper getting thinner in recent months. I hoped that this paper could survive.

    On a side note, I am curious about the history going back to 1835. I thought Frank Porter Glazier of Chelsea founded the paper in 1905 to compete with the Ann Arbor Daily Times. My book shows the first date of publication was December 18, 1905.

    Posted by spacepunk on 03/23/09 at 2:10PM


    Thanks for saying I'm missed! I do hope things are well with you. Too bad about the A2 News but if you're looking for a place to comment drop on over to the Jersey City Desk, tell everyone here what's on your mind. It's a lot bigger coverage since we're 10 minutes from New York City by train.

    Sorry I couldn't keep the Ypsi City Desk running, nobody wanted to write it, I tried several people. I did have someone pick up a Naperville (Illinois) City Desk, I should start franchising them, LOL.

    Good to see your comments again, too bad it's for such a sad occasion

    Posted by a2huron on 03/23/09 at 2:14PM

    Sad to see such an institution end like this. Regardless of your thoughts about how imperfect the content and scope was, there are some excellent people working at the News who will be challenged to find alternatives in this economy. Folks like McGovern and Aisner always seemed to be a class act and took pride in their reporting. Many others are there as well. Indeed, this will impact people in the community who will have jobs at stake outside the paper.

    Wonder where control over all the historical news archives will go? Lost forever?

    Posted by JaclynTrop on 03/23/09 at 2:32PM

    I'm a reporter looking for reaction to the changes announced at the Ann Arbor News and other Booth Michigan newspapers. If you are a reader, please call me at 313-222-2575 or send an e-mail to jtrop@detnews.com.

    Posted by heresmine on 03/23/09 at 2:40PM

    One of the best parts of a newspaper has been its quest for truth. Obtaining the necessary information through strong investigative reporting is now going to be lost. I don't think an online version will be as effective in doing this. Without some sort of strong, independent oversight, can we really expect "government" to do anywhere near to the right thing? It's hard enough to get it done right as it is.

    Another point, per an NPR report last week, is this country supports print papers on the basis of 20% consumer revenue and 80% advertising revenue. In other countries, those with viable newpapers, those figures are turned around. Do the publishers think we won't pay a higher price for their product?

    Posted by southschool on 03/23/09 at 2:40PM

    Jackson Citizen Patriot is next to fall.

    Posted by spettypi on 03/23/09 at 2:45PM

    If they can do the web version right, it will be great. Sadly, I doubt they will be able to do it right cause no one else has. Too many people in newspapers are clueless about how to make money online and how to manage a real-time news organization. And adding social networking functions is nice, but I don't think they realize how hard that is to do.
    The fact that someone is coming from the Plain Dealer isn't encouraging either as their Web site was terrible for many year (and may still be, last read them in 2004) When I was in Cleveland all of the stories at the Plain Dealers Web site were listed in alphabetical older rather than order of importance and you could only search the archives back for 14 days. It certainly wasn't an example of great online news when I left in 2004.
    Good luck, you'll need it….

    Posted by babette111 on 03/23/09 at 3:02PM

    Btw, those of you predicting the demise of the NY Times, you may be surprised. Some industry analysts are predicting they may come our of all this winning when the small papers close, by grabbing market share. Time will tell. Anyway, here's an interesting piece on it all:


    Posted by gttobkddng on 03/23/09 at 3:10PM

    Everyone know it was coming but the question was when. I like reading the paper but I also get a lot of my news online including MLlive.com. It is sad some talented news people lose their jobs.

    It appears you are doing the correct option of taking the presentation of news etc online. The fact that this new site is already active is a great indicator you will not only survive online but will become a vibrant news outlet for the Ann Arbor area.

    Good luck and I will continue to support the new "online AA News"

    Posted by thatsabear on 03/23/09 at 3:20PM

    First of all, for those of you who call the Ann Arbor News a 'liberal newspaper', you must be joking, right?

    Guess what? The news is that they are shedding employees and the wages/benefits due those longtime employees.

    What a concept! Nothing liberal there.

    Newspapers all over are having a hard time keeping up in the days of electronic media. Why buy the paper if you can read it online?

    There's a treehugger's dream come true.

    I won't be missing those danged 'free classifieds' they drop off at your house, unasked that are little more than one more item to be thrown into the recycling bin without so much as a passing look. The one's that pile up on porches telling burglars that no one is home?

    Just checked out Ann Arbor Chronicle. Great news source. Just bookmarked it. Much better than this Mlive format.

    Posted by dading on 03/23/09 at 3:34PM

    now if we could do something about that da#$%mn junk mail!

    Posted by MotO on 03/23/09 at 3:39PM

    Posted by waam on 03/23/09 at 10:39AM

    "I guess all that is left..."

    Accurate but a bit wordy for the name of a paper and/or webzine.

    Posted by dading on 03/23/09 at 11:53AM
    why doesn't the aapd and city council move into there...?

    Because the UofM has more money.

    Posted by alangoldsmit on 03/23/09 at 11:56AM
    Great idea but where would the 'water garden' go?


    Don't forget the huge... H-U-G-E ... Printing and Distribution Complex out in Pittsfield Twp.

    Posted by bkotarsk on 03/23/09 at 11:13AM
    Where is OBAMA , When u need him .
    Time For A Change ?




    The News that they won't print & it's 100% accurate, factual & verifiable.

    Posted by blackcanoe on 03/23/09 at 12:16PM
    The repercussions will be vast. Everyone whose job has something to do with supplying the actual newsprint to the A2 news will probably lose their jobs as well. I hope this economic mess ends soon.


    Posted by MacSunset on 03/23/09 at 12:18PM

    The one thing newspapers always had was journalistic ethics. Over the last 10-20 years, we've watched those disappear.

    Yes & If you'd like to go back just a bit further:

    Vote Scam: The Stealing of America www.video.google.com/videoplay?docid=924514983687454434

    ( I was actually threatened with harm for posting the link to this interview with Mr. Collier.)

    Hacking Democracy



    Posted by lhill789 on 03/23/09 at 12:24PM
    I tip my carrier and my paper ends up on top of my flowers. I just love how babette can accuse cinnabar of not tipping. If we could all live in your perfect little bubble babette...

    My father's A2 News is now dumped at the end of his driveway & he told me he received notice that that would be the case. He has to dodge it on his way into his drive. He's old and works 5-6 days a week at his own office.

    Perhaps you shouldn't tip your carrier if that is the result Ihill789? Maybe ask them to stop? I'm sure that you did that already with the flowers suffering yet?

    Posted by righta2 on 03/23/09 at 12:21PM
    I for one am only surprised they held out this long, not surprised by this news one bit.

    As to the comments.

    5. fyi, old people without computers sit in front of the TV anyway all day watching soaps, old movies, judge Judy then the evening news and then go to bed at 8.

    My father is in his 70s and works 5-6 days a week at his own office. He has a lap-top but prefers the paper. He doesn't go to bed at 8 or watch Judge Judy... or Matlock... He does still think 60 Minutes is credible, though.

    Posted by blackblue68 on 03/23/09 at 12:41PM

    I find it very hard to keep the faith in our state any more it is getting to the point we are all very scared about our jobs




    Posted by righta2 on 03/23/09 at 12:52PM

    the old people I know do that.

    Then maybe you should have said... "the old people I know"

    Posted by lhill789 on 03/23/09 at 1:31PM

    So true 1 block. Just an example, Obama was laughing while talking about the economy on 60 minutes last night, like its a big joke. You won't read about that anywhere. I still can't believe he's getting a free pass on the special Olympics comment.

    The 'Special Olympics Comment' was rude, crass... Etc. but it was/is a diversion from what his controllers are doing:




    Posted by babette111 on 03/23/09 at 1:37PM

    Geez, lhill. At least *try* to look it up before you post. My quick "old soul" google shows 1,626 articles on the topic.

    Yes... See comment on post above this one.

    Posted by StrongFire on 03/23/09 at 1:50PM
    How can the Ann Arbor News survive the 1929 Depression but not this recession? Something is terribly wrong here.

    EndGame: Blueprint For Global Enslavement (2:19)

    Endgame Bibliography- minute by minute, scene by scene All Facts Backed up!

    Posted by heresmine on 03/23/09 at 2:40PM
    One of the best parts of a newspaper has been its quest for truth.

    Err... Ummm... Any of the videos above.

    Posted by ddomanski on 03/23/09 at 3:41PM

    This is very strange. I just got today's print edition of the A2 News... there doesn't appear to be so much as ONE WORD in the entire paper about going out of business. WTF?

    Posted by ccorrao on 03/23/09 at 3:49PM

    I'm absolutely stunned! This is devastating news for our community.

    Posted by hedgehog65 on 03/23/09 at 3:57PM

    I'm assuming the AA Business Review (print) is dead as well?

    Posted by righta2 on 03/23/09 at 4:19PM

    ddomanski. DAH todays news will be in print tomorrow. The main reason the paper will no longer be printed.

    did someone up there really post "where is obama"

    well, somewhere in Illinois a town is missing their Messiah.

    Posted by righta2 on 03/23/09 at 4:22PM

    hey hedge.

    that stupid buisness review came without me wanting it. Re-upped after I said don't send it. Everything in their I read on the net 2-3 weeks before it is delivered. One more piece of junk that arrives and I just can not cancel! THAT makes me go ARGH!!!

    Posted by macjont on 03/23/09 at 4:27PM

    Truly, the passing of an era! Concerning the "wonders" of technology, this passing underscores the meaning of, "we cannot know what we have gained until we understand what we have lost." Those too young to have experienced or to remember a higher era of the printed newspaper will never be able to evaluate what they have gained. In my view, a very sad day!

    Posted by hrdtd on 03/23/09 at 4:27PM

    Maybe the city can buy the building and use it to stop leasing space at the city center building. Goodbye A2 News! It wasnt worth the paper it was written on anyway!

    Posted by macjont on 03/23/09 at 4:31PM

    Are book stores and the printed book next?

    Posted by tmore97 on 03/23/09 at 4:36PM

    Bad idea......The web venue is a complete different method of viewing news - NOT a means of replacing the newsprint. The Ann Arbor News is not switching to the web version from demand of the readers. It is switching to web-based content forced on them by lack of funds.

    I am of the generation that loves technology and I advocate changes with technology - but I think this is a bad idea.

    Just take poll of the actual paper subscribers.

    Posted by Cosmonican on 03/23/09 at 4:38PM

    I kept my promise, and gave the paperboy a $50 tip.

    I dare the rest of you to do the same, or better.

    I told him to knock on the door, if he wants to do some yard work when the paper is gone, too. I'll be happy to have him helping me, the kid is reliable and knows how to work, and I'll be glad to be a reference when he wants a regular job.

    As a community, we should support the young people in our neighborhoods who are willing and capable of work. Even if their parents are millionaires, they still need to have the experience of earning a dollar for hard work mowing, or raking, or watching babies. The newspaper delivery intro to business is gone.

    Posted by righta2 on 03/23/09 at 4:46PM

    macjont. Probably so, one additional reason to not give money to save shaman drum

    Posted by nolloydfan on 03/23/09 at 4:47PM

    Well, that settles it. Now I know why were in a recession, all you Liberals in AA are online reading the AA news instead of WORKING. Damn Commanusts anyway !!

    Posted by robert999 on 03/23/09 at 5:11PM

    RIP Ann Arbor News.
    They should have eliminated the "business reviews" long ago, as they were money losers from the start.
    Advance Publications should sell the newspaper rather than eliminate the print edition, or at least sell the rights to the name "The Ann Arbor News". Corporate profits and greed are driving this decision. The on-line edition will eventually fail as well.

    Posted by extremedude on 03/23/09 at 5:26PM

    You can thank George W. Bush and Barack HUSSEIN Obama for this. More to come, I'm sure.

    Posted by peonylover on 03/23/09 at 5:50PM

    SAD. But SO NOT suprising. Especially tough for the employees.... What are we going to do during the Michigan Football Season?

    Posted by dd0723 on 03/23/09 at 6:22PM

    from the looks of it, it seems that AnnArbor.com will NOT be run by the newhouses which also own this crappy site. I think that will be a positive outlook for AnnArbor.com given that they won't have to pay advance publications to post the news on MLive.com as is the business model of all newspaper sites run by Advance.

    Posted by vishonte on 03/23/09 at 6:24PM

    Well the good news is that the U of M will purchase the Ann Arbor News Building...
    M go Blooo

    Posted by huh7891 on 03/23/09 at 6:28PM

    This is really sad. I love reading the Ann Arbor News. Really sorry to hear about the employees and the loss of jobs. Wow, I'm shocked.
    Just a note: our delivery person is exceptional. We only get the Sunday news but it is always here on time no matter what, and yes, we tip.

    Posted by Insidethehal on 03/23/09 at 6:42PM

    Blame this on Jim Carty. The secret campaign launched by the Victors Club led to a 25% decline in readership. Look at the numbers this happened. Carty and his ambush journalism and trashing of the University resulted in the taking down of a newspaper.

    Democracy is alive and well folks.

    Posted by 1BlockRadius on 03/23/09 at 7:02PM


    Posted by jmsmith802 on 03/23/09 at 7:09PM

    As a foot carrier for the past four years, I'm sad to see the news ending. No news website can beat a tangible newspaper. I would have been quitting when I go to college this fall, but I'll be proud to be delivering the last issue of the daily newspaper instead. And I can agree with the tip your carrier comments. Only ~10% or less of my subscribers tip! Hope they make a nice website...

    Posted by buddymusic on 03/23/09 at 7:46PM

    i find it terribly sad to see newspapers disappearing-- i am a newspaper reader, and lover-- the idea of one less paper anyplace-- and i am sorry, reading a computer screen is NOT the same-- and most of your comments cover all my concerns (how will local government be reported etc)

    sad news indeed

    Posted by pebbles5 on 03/23/09 at 7:46PM

    How ironic that this news story was posted this morning on the web, but was not even in today's newspaper. An example of why the printed newspaper has become yesterday's news--even your own news doesn't make it to print in a timely manner!

    Posted by opinari on 03/23/09 at 8:16PM

    I am truly sad to see people lose their jobs, but I am not surprised this happened with circulation falling. I cancelled my subscription 9 months ago. I felt the Ann Arbor News lacked neutrality in too many stories. They sacrificed their objectivity just to sell a few more papers.

    Posted by timinfla on 03/23/09 at 8:25PM

    Fitting end to yet another leftie rag. And rightly so.

    Posted by BradFlory on 03/23/09 at 8:55PM

    Anyone who thinks they will get more objective news on the Internet is dreaming. Look at your own comments here. Some say the A2 News is a liberal rag and some say it lost touch when it endorsed Bush. Opinari, you seem to be saying circulation is falling because the A2 News sacrificed objectivity "just to sell a few more papers." If they are selling a few more papers, I would think circulation would rise.

    Posted by garrisondyer on 03/23/09 at 9:04PM

    The Ann Arbor News is going to be missed. I enjoyed five years of delivering the News to roughly 60 customers way back in the 90s. It's an experience I often bring up as one of the most formative of my childhood, and I suppose it'll make a good "Back when I was a kid...." story some day.

    I don't suppose any of my old customers are reading this, but it sure was a pleasure. Thanks for all the memories of extreme temperatures, territorial dogs, and Sunday mornings with my dad.

    Posted by hailvictors6 on 03/23/09 at 9:07PM

    Nasty work by Newhouse. The old company dies and a new one is formed. What about the obligations of the old company, like pensions? Who pays the pensions?

    Posted by blue40 on 03/23/09 at 9:25PM

    I'm a little sad to see it go, mostly for the most senior folks among us. However, it's time for change & now is a great time. Like the evolution of (78->LP->)CD->MP3, digital is by far the best way to distribute content. Lowest cost, most flexible, fastest, and least damage on the environment. I would love to read a good summary of the environmental benefit of this change.

    Posted by AnnArborBiz on 03/23/09 at 9:26PM

    A2 NEWS....the last 2-5 years....GREEDY, GREEDY,(Did I mention overpriced advertising rates and stringent ad policies)..Oh and GREEDY$$$$....just like the rest of us.....

    Another American business just received a 75 year old and L-O-N-G overdue wake-up call. Thank You. GOOD RIDDANCE A2 SNOOZE.

    Posted by Leapinglion on 03/23/09 at 9:35PM

    Very sad news. I grew up reading the ann arbor news. The fate of the newspaper industry is very disconcering. As a child my mom would encouraging my interest in reading by purchasing the Ann Arbor News. In fact, as my thirst for reading grew I would read the Freepress, News, Ypsilanti Press and the Ann Arbor News all in one day. My heart goes out to all the carriers and those who work for the paper. God bless and thank you for years of services.

    Posted by Michiganwood on 03/23/09 at 10:03PM

    Great newspaper with fantastic writers and editors. But time waits for no one and this is the right decision. I have been getting all of my news on line now for years through Mlive and Freep.com and the New York Times, etc. I 56 and have adjusted to the internet world, in time we all will.
    Sad to see all those workers lose their jobs.
    One day in the not too distant future, newspapers will be looked back at as antiques just like fossil fueled powered vehicles.

    Posted by opinari on 03/23/09 at 10:09PM

    BradFlory...you're right.

    They sacrificed their objectivity with the ATTEMPT of trying to sell more newspapers.

    Whether it be print, internet, or television both the left and right media have their own agendas. And so does the Ann Arbor News.

    Posted by A2Lilbit on 03/24/09 at 12:10AM

    I could not believe what my mom was telling me about the newspaper closing, how sad and what a loss to Ann Arbor.
    My Mom grew up in Ann Arbor and has read the newspaper for the last 75 years,as did her parents in years past. She like alot of her friends don't have or know how to use a computer, this is a very sad day indeed for everyone who loves and enjoy the print and yes the COUPONS!!
    What's next?? How much more can A2 lose?

    Posted by Laura52 on 03/24/09 at 6:21AM

    The Bay City Times, The Saginaw News and The Midland newspaer will be cutting down to 3 days a week. As the economy gets worse, the advertising has gone down because people just can't afford to pay the price for the ads. Perhaps if the cost of advertising wasn't so high they'd have more people willing to buy ads. The cost of an Obit these days is outrageous. For the money they charge, you should get a full page on the person that died! lol I think it's their own fault for raising prices. A 2 day ad for a yard sale here runs about 18 dollars for only 3 lines. That's sometimes all a person makes from a yard sale, they may as well just throw all the stuff away!

    Don't worry..most of the writers will still have a job. Someone's got to find the news and report it. Those stupid pop up ads online will pay their wages.

    The Rocky Mountain News closed up during this last month, too. Cartoonists are being let go left and right. It's a sad day in newspapers all over the country.

    Posted by a22008 on 03/24/09 at 7:15AM

    Not happy about the closing and the loss of jobs.

    I get off work and kinda want to get away from a pc, and unwind with a newspaper and crossword puzzle.

    Devastating a company that has been around for 100+ years is closing.

    Posted by MKronkowski on 03/24/09 at 8:39AM

    I think the more pressing matter is the disappearance of the newsroom, that local filter that fetters out the fluff and finds the real news to report to its citizens.

    Local filters are the Gatekeepers: trained professionals who know what their citizens are concerned with because they live here.

    The local filters understand how their readers will be affected by news on an international, national, regional and local level because they have a historical context with which to frame issues in a manner that the reader understands.

    And accountablity is an issue

    Posted by fullbloom on 03/24/09 at 8:59AM

    If what the new online company is paying is anything like what what MLive paid its bloggers, I'm going to guess Ann Arbor news staffers will have to find other jobs.

    Posted by hedgehog65 on 03/24/09 at 9:45AM

    How can anyone really get excited about a “new” online news site when the management team comes from the old nepotism of Booth? If you really want new ideas then you have to bring in new management. Who in their right mind would want to hire publishers/editors of failed newspapers? What you continue to have is “yes” men protecting their inner circle – while slashing the throats of the common worker. Meet the new boss – same as the old boss

    Posted by carbonrods on 03/24/09 at 10:06AM

    Well Jennifer, as far as what am I going to read when my eyes go bad, that's an easy one. My eyes are already bad--I've had one cataract replaced and will have the other one done soon--and it's the newspaper that is hard to read, not the computer or handheld devices. You seem to forget that I can adjust the font with my web browser, which makes it very easy to read the paper. Same with my handheld device, and same with by Sony Reader ebook device. In fact, the Reader has revolutionized my life and allowed me to start easily reading books again--I love it.

    That said, this is a very sad time for the newspaper industry in America, and trust me, we will all suffer for it. A free press is essential to our system of checks and balances in this country. For example, if the News and Free Press did not exist, the greed and criminal activities of Kwame Kilpatrick very likely never would have been discovered. Simply change the details and the name to make that sentence work for every corrupt politician scandal across the country to get an idea of what these huge cutbacks in the newspaper industry could mean.

    Posted by Prayhard on 03/24/09 at 10:47AM

    I wonder, what will happen when almost everything is dependant on a computer, what happens to all of us? And what of the cost of operating a computer, how high can that go? I thnk we are boxing ourselves in slowly, but certianly. Jobs are fading onto screens.

    Posted by oakridge1999 on 03/24/09 at 4:14PM

    I am a recent retiree of The Jackson Citizen Patriot. Newspapers are ever-changing, because the world is ever-changing. Give the employees of newspapers a break. We are not the cause of these changes or the demise of newspapers in print form. SUPPORT your local newspaper, whether it is in the print form or in some other form, ie: internet.

    It is tuff for ANYONE to lose their job, not just newspaper people!

    So, support your local newspaper. Don't be "that" person who "throws" a brick (real or virtual) through the front window of your hometown newspaper. Be happy that your town has one.

    Posted by sukisu66 on 03/24/09 at 4:55PM

    The following says it all about our collective consciousness. The demise of the Ann Arbor News is apparently not nearly as important as the latest minutiae re: our loser NFL franchise. Sad...

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    Posted by donderop on 03/24/09 at 6:56PM

    sukisu: You said it better than anyone else.

    It's right there for everyone to see: We don't care about the important issues that affect our lives. Games matter most in this society.

    It's very, very sad.

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    Posted by Socialboy on 03/25/09 at 12:19AM

    More depressing yet is the ignorance that comes from the posters on this forum who have no realization as to what significance this closure holds for the community. The sad spectacle of ignorant comments meant only to entertain their own absent intellect. The sad truth: one only worries when reality affects them. Michigan is in crisis, anyone who makes fun of that issue is a fool.

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