The closing of the Ypsi Citizen

And it keeps on coming… Not only does it look like Ypsi is losing the Elbow Room and Bombadill’s, but, as of today, we’re also without our local online news source, the Ypsi Citizen. The following clip, written by Dan DuChene and Christine Laughren, comes from their website:

…Every minute of our work on the Citizen has been rewarding and enjoyable. We feel the product we created was a valuable asset and resource for Ypsilantians and we stand behind what we have created.

However, it is with a somber feeling that we announce the Ypsilanti Citizen will no longer be providing news to the Ypsilanti community. This is effective immediately.

We do not view the experiment of creating a professional Web-based news platform for Ypsilanti as a failure. The Citizen was always able to deliver accurate information to the community that was often over-looked by other media outlets in the area. The Citizen was also able to garner profit and continual growth every quarter with no exceptions.

The Citizen was the only locally-owned news source in Ypsilanti and we are proud to have offered that for the amount of time we could. We did this as two residents and community members and we ran it on an experimental Internet-only platform.

As the Citizen is locally owned by two residents, who are recent Eastern Michigan University graduates and young journalists in the area, it is heavily impacted by whatever is happening in our personal lives. Likewise, our personal lives were often heavily impacted by the success of the Citizen.

Although we have seen continual growth, it has not achieved sustainable profit margins that would allow us to rely on the Citizen as a sole source of income. In addition, recent developments in both of our personal lives has created a situation where we find it difficult to effectively run the business….

I know that Dan and Christine have been busting their asses for a long time, trying to make the Ypsi Citizen economically viable, and I applaud them for their efforts. As some of you might recall, I once had dreams of starting up an online, Ypsi-focused “newspaper” of my own. I, however, never took the big step. I knew what it would take in terms of commitment, and I wasn’t willing to make the sacrifice. Fortunately, Dan and Christine were, and Ypsi, these past two years, has been better for it. And, for that, I think that we all owe them a big “thank you.” The Ypsi Citizen will be missed.

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11 Comments

  1. Andy Ypsilanti
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    This one really is a tragedy for Ypsilanti. Now we’re left with one weak weekly and the aa.com, which has shoddy coverage of Ypsilanti to say the least. The two articles about the closing of the Elbow Room are a prime example. By reading the two and drawing your own conclusions you kind of figure out what happened, but the “reporting” taking place is a joke. I’ll miss having a reliable, traditional form of news (Even though it was on line, it always felt like it was up to the standards of a traditional newspaper)

    I think ispyypsi is fantastic. I’m glad Dan and Christine have joined forces with Tim and Bilal (EMYOU) for what is already shaping up to be a FAR better magazine than Current. And it’s all about ‘lil old Ypsi. Could be a huge boost.

  2. Posted June 24, 2010 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Funny, when I went to YpsiCiti to read that final editorial, the ad server showed me an advertisement for Bombadill’s!

  3. Posted June 24, 2010 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    What’s the weekly?

  4. Kim
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Sad, but kind of expected. There aren’t enough advertising dollars in Ypsi to feed one person, let alone two.

  5. Posted June 24, 2010 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    This is really sad news…what a shame. I don’t understand how an area like this couldn’t support a decent newspaper (print or online), tv station, or any other media outlets. AnnArbor.com really sucks. Welcome to the new dark ages for Ypsilanti…

  6. Samsa
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    I thought Bombadill’s was just remodeling?

  7. Posted June 24, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    @Samsa: That’s the rumor Erica heard too… but we haven’t heard anything from Peter yet. As for the Ypsi Citizen shutting down :( that is very sad news to hear. I wish they would have maybe tried reaching out for funding and looked for someone to step in… but I don’t know what has changed in their personal lives… perhaps that wasn’t a reasonable option.

  8. blueeyedpupil
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Im sorry to see the Ypsi Citizen go also.
    I read it on line every day, and it was unfortunate that it was, imho, not updated often enough. Im sure that it was because only two people were doing the stories. But seeing the same content and pictures for weeks at a time didnt make it seem viable. Too bad they didnt look for some volunteers who could find stories and take new photos. Im sure people would of enjoyed helping. I know i would of.
    Thanks for all that you did, at least you tried. Maybe one day another internet news site for ypsil could begin again.

  9. Tony
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Bombadil’s did not have good coffee. It was terrible. You could see through it. I gave them business because I wanted to support them, but there’s better coffee to be had at the Ugly Mug and Beezy’s. The loss of the Citizen, however, will impact the city. We are now left with only Mark Maynard dotcom. Woe is us.

  10. Posted June 24, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    This is a bummer. AnnArbor.com is a frickin joke. MM.com, the A2 Chronicle & Yolone are the only things left in my “Local News” folder on Reader.

  11. Edward
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Maybe all of their advertisers will migrate over to MM.com now.

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