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cyclezealot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-30-08 10:03 AM
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Death of Detroit newspapers
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An interesting piece by the Metro Times. A part time newspaper is no newspaper. Maybe the New York Times can start a Detroit edition.? Death of our newspapers was for sure as soon as Gannett's vampires came to town to feed on the carcass.

Last week the Detroit Media Partnership announced its latest "historic" and "exciting" transformation of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. Basically, here it is: Want a daily home-delivered paper? Well, forget it. Instead, buy a computer with a really big monitor so you can read what we choose to give you, or go subscribe to the goddamn New York Times.

Gannett's thinly disguised monopoly will now consent to bring you the News and/or Free Press on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Fat papers, they hope; papers they want to see crammed with advertising inserts that will fall onto your shoes when you pick them up.

However, if you look back on the various promises and predictions Gannett has made since it arrived to suck the lifeblood out of the Detroit News (See Bryan Gruley's excellent book Paper Losses) you can't be too very optimistic.

Newspapers nationwide are in crisis, thanks in large part to changing media tastes, but also to greed and mismanagement. But they are desperately needed; otherwise, Kwame Kilpatrick would still be mayor, Richard Nixon would have gone on abusing power, and citizens of 10,000 towns would not have a clue how their government works. We need to make sure newspapers continue to thrive, and that everyone has an opportunity to read them too.
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