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Primary website:
mlive.com/ann-arbor
Primary Twitter:
@annarbornews

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.

Recent Nieman Lab coverage:
Sept. 10, 2013 / Caroline O'Donovan
The Ann Arbor News, or There and Back Again: Why the news world’s first print edition of a website is coming to a close — Back in 2009, the news-about-news world was focused on Ann Arbor — and not because Michigan football was any good. That was when The Ann Arbor News, published in some form since 1835, was shut down and replaced with An...
Sept. 19, 2012 / Michael Andersen
Four years later, the Ann Arbor Chronicle is still weird and wonky — and it’s growing — Handed an opportunity by the closure of the Ann Arbor News, two married journalists have built a small business on the kind of civic-minded reporting that isn't supposed to work online....
May 25, 2012 / Mark Coddington
This Week in Review: Facebook’s IPO gone bad, and New Orleans loses its daily newspaper — Plus: A look at Warren Buffett's big newspaper buy, a bill targeting anonymous comments, and the rest of the week's big news in media and tech....
Jan. 7, 2010 / Martin Langeveld
Keeping Martin honest: Checking on Langeveld’s predictions for 2009 — [A little over one year ago, our friend Martin Langeveld made a series of predictions about what 2009 would bring for the news business — in particular the newspaper business. I even wrote about them at the time and of...
Sept. 11, 2009 / Michael Andersen
WordPress, Twitter, the Elks Club: 10 new routines at a news startup — This is what a profitable post-paper newsroom looks like: And this is what it feels like: 15 hours a day, seven days a week, from the 7 a.m. check-in with your spouse-turned-business-partner to the midnight bookkeeping. ...

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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: September 12, 2013.
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