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AnnArbor.com is a local news website covering Ann Arbor, Mich., the operation of the former Ann Arbor News.
The News, a daily newspaper, was closed 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 also issues a print edition twice a week.
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.
MediaBugs is a service that facilitates the discovery and correction of factual errors and other problems in media coverage. MediaBugs is funded by the Knight Foundation by way of the Knight News Challenge, which awarded the project $335,000 in 2009. MediaBugs is directed by Scott Rosenberg, an author and a co-founder of Salon, along with…