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The Ann Arbor News is a formerly daily newspaper in Michigan that was turned into a local news website called AnnArbor.com from 2009 to 2013.
The News, now published twice a week, was closed as a daily newspaper by the Newhouse family’s Advance Publications newspaper chain in July 2009. It was reborn the next day as AnnArbor.com with a staff of 35 journalists. The company continued to issue a print edition also called AnnArbor.com twice a week.
In 2013, Advance folded AnnArbor.com into its statewide template, MLive.com. The print edition, which continued to run twice a week, was renamed The Ann Arbor News. The circulation had dropped from 45,000 in 2009 to 30,000 in 2013.
In March 2011, a round of layoffs affected at least 12 employees, including at least six of its editorial staff and the site’s lead blogger.
At its launch, the site was noted for its design, which was a strictly reverse-chronological list of articles. The design was criticized for burying breaking news, and a “Top Stories” layer has since been added. The site also includes work from about 70 unpaid community bloggers.
Demand Media, founded in 2006, is an online media company that quickly grew to prominence by algorithmically assigning and publishing stories based on user-demand signals, such as search and social media trends. It typically pays authors a low sum of money for these posts, often about $15 per contribution, and assigns posts only when it believes…