Tag Archives: Tony Dearing

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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AnnArbor.com cuts staff considerably, laying off 14

They’re not really talking about it on the AnnArbor.com site, but on Friday they laid off 14 employees. According to Michigan Radio, this leaves about 20 or so people in their newsroom. (The old Ann Arbor News, from what I’m told, had approximately 75 reporters in their newsroom.) Among those let go were lead blogger […]

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On death, bikes, cancer and the practice of aggressive moderation

Continuing our conversation on local news sites and their policies concerning the removal of people’s comments, it’s been brought to my attention that the recently launched AnnArbor.com site is already making good on their promise to “aggressively moderate” the contributions of their readers. Apparently, yesterday, reader comments following a short article on the tragic death […]

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MarkMaynard.com, a wretched hive of scum and villainy

A few weeks ago, in a post about the soon-to-be-launched AnnArbor.com site, I suggested that perhaps Tony Dearing, their Director of Content, was a bit naïve when he said publicly that they would be able to control the conversation taking place in the comments section by employing “aggressive moderation.” Well, it looks like Dearing has […]

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AnnArbor.com to practice aggressive moderation

When it was announced earlier this spring that the venerable, old Ann Arbor News would be going out of business to be reborn as a primarily online entity known as AnnArbor.com, there weren’t a lot of details given. Echoing the heady days before the dotcom crash, we were told that the new venture would be […]

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