Tag Archives: AnnArbor.com

A “terrible blow to journalism, ” MLive cuts 29 jobs at a time when Michigan desperately needs quality reporting

I think everyone knew, when it was announced a few days before Christmas that Laurel Champion, MLive’s general manager for Southeast Michigan, would be leaving the organization, that something was up. Champion, after all, had been with the digital media company since the very beginning… since the moment when she, as the Publisher of the […]

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My thoughts on the death of AnnArbor.com

I’m still trying to wrap my head around today’s surprise announcement that, after four years in business, the big experiment in online journalism we’ve come to know as AnnArbor.com would be going away, and that, henceforth, all of the regional reporting done by the staff of Advance Publications would be distributed by way of their […]

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Shadow Art Fair defenders and detractors mix it up one last time

Like every year at this time, the Shadow Art Fair media juggernaut has begun in earnest. As of today, there are articles in The Ypsi Courier and The Current, as well as on AnnArbor.com. And, this afternoon, WEMU aired an interview that I’d done with local “All Things Considered” host Bob Eccles. (I think it […]

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I knew that not having a television made me suspicious, but apparently it also makes me a suspect

The following was just sent to me by Ypsilanti’s Mike Shecket. It would seem that I made the Google News feed as a person of interest in that big, incredibly press-worthy police investigation you’ve all been reading about on AnnArbor.com. And, yes, that’s what makes me a master criminal. I tell you all that I’m […]

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Ypsilanti deserves better than a Family Dollar store on Water Street

Certain kinds of businesses do well in times of great economic uncertainty. Chief among them are so-called “variety stores” and “dollar stores.” As Howard Levine, the CEO of Family Dollar, one of America’s leading chains operating in this sector recently said to the press, “In today’s uncertain economic environment, value continues to resonate… Our strategy […]

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