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by P.D. Lesko In 2009, AnnArbor.com Kontent King Tony Dearing announced the “future of journalism in Ann Arbor”: “Ding. Dong. The Witch is dead,” wrote an A2Politico reader in response to a December 2012 piece about the falling readership of AnnArbor.com. On September 4, 2013, MLive President Dan Gaydou announced AnnArbor.com would be closed. He said: […]

September 12th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,Media | Read More »

“It’s Embarrassing….” Says AnnArbor.com Staffer


In a February 2013 piece about AnnArbor.com, the Columbia Journalism Review called the site’s work content-for-clicks journalism. Perhaps the assessment was harsh because MLive leadership had refused the CJR reporter access to the AnnArbor.com newsroom or the opportunity to interview AnnArbor.com staff. Perhaps the assessment was made because AnnArbor.com reporters are required to include a minimum […]

July 19th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,Media | Read More »

Readership of AA.com Plummets 75% According to Execs—Site Loses Another Key Staffer to the Freep


by P.D. Lesko If the down-sizing and attrition continue apace at AnnArbor.com, Laurel Champion, former publisher of the Ann Arbor News, will be left to head the organization as Executive Vice President in Charge of, Well, Everything. Steve Pepple (pictured below, right), former Print Director for AnnArbor.com, has decamped to the Detroit Free Press. You didn’t hear? […]

December 19th, 2012 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Media,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

MLive Prez (Accidentally) Confims That AnnArbor.com Unique Visitor Count Has Plummeted By 643,000 Since July 2011


by P.D. Lesko The history of the telescope is fascinating. This piece is not about that. However, it is about The Ann magazine’s futile and ultimately disappointing attempt to give readers insight into AnnArbor.com using what amounts to a journalistic telescope. Don’t get me wrong. Writing about AnnArbor.com and getting the Big Brush Off from […]

December 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Media,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

American Journalism Review Asks, “How Has AnnArbor.com Worked?” Answer: It Has Had A “Terrible Effect On The City”

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Charles R. Eisendrath directs the Knight-Wallace Fellows program in journalism at the University of Michigan. He’s a former Washington and foreign correspondent for Time magazine. Suffice it to say that Eisendrath has not shied away from opportunities to smack around Advance Publications and AnnArbor.com in the national media. First he told the New York Times in July […]

September 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media | Read More »

New Orleans Residents Out to Kill NOLA.com—Boycott Launched Of Site Modeled on AnnArbor.com


by P.D. Lesko Over the past 24 months, AnnArbor.com has seen the departure of most of its experienced reporters to more prestigious and higher paying surroundings—such as the Detroit Free Press. There are media analysts, however, that expect the Freep to be closed by 2015, as Detroit is no longer able to support two daily […]

August 28th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media | Read More »

Me, Me, Me, Me


by P.D. Lesko I voted absentee for the first time. No lines. No waiting (well, maybe 5 minutes while the ballot was prepared). Overall, an excellent experience compared to voting at my local polling place with its cantankerous poll workers, God love ’em. For A2P newbies, you might be shocked, just shocked to learn that […]

July 31st, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media,on A2Politico | Read More »

Who Killed The Local Daily Newspaper?


During the course of recent Ann Arbor City Council candidate forums put on by local groups such as the League of Women Voters, as well as neighborhood groups, one question that popped up was this one: “How can residents get information about city government without a daily newspaper?” The sub-text is clear: how does city government […]

July 16th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media | Read More »

A2Politico Grillin’ the Media: AAChronicle.com Asks AP To “Review” Award Given to AnnArbor.com’s Ryan Stanton


by P.D. Lesko There’s a good ole tug o’ words going on between two local news media outlets at the moment. It’s not quite as juicy as the recent Washington, DC thriller that has WaPo big wig Ben Bradlee’s former assistant Jeff Himmelman publishing a tell-all book with allegations that cast Bradlee (not to mention […]

June 5th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media | Read More »

Coming Soon to Public Broadcasting: Political Reporting Funded By The Koch Bros.?


by Amy Kerr Hardin When you next tune into your favorite National Public Radio broadcast, say… maybe it’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, you might expect to hear a story like the one aired in 2010 about the billionaire Koch brothers and their ongoing egregious attempts to wholesale purchase our political system. NPR ran this segment […]

May 13th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media,Politics,U.S. politics | Read More »

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