AnnArbor.com is a Web site and two-day-a-week print publication which replaced the Ann Arbor News when it closed in July, 2009.

Website - http://www.AnnArbor.com/
Location - 301 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor.

Staff/Management

For a full staff list, visit: http://www.annarbor.com/staff/

Technology

The site runs on Movable Type.

Contact

Email either share@annarbor.com or email the staff member you're trying to reach via firstnamelastname@annarbor.com, i.e., TonyDearing@AnnArbor.com.

Cost

The twice-weekly print edition of AnnArbor.com will cost $9 a month for home delivery, or $8.25 a month for subscribers who choose to have the cost directly debited.

Partnership with MLive

AnnArbor.com uses Google search tool on its site. MLive articles will remain available. Some content from AnnArbor.com is syndicated to MLive.

Media & Responses

Articles

No doubt, this is a bold experiment. One I plan on tracking. Rick Edmonds from Poynter has an interesting take on the demise of The News and the rise of AnnArbor.com. He points out that Ann Arbor's seemingly desirable demographics might have worked against the newspaper. He points out that newspapers in other cities with similar populations have struggling newspapers. You guessed it, he mentions Seattle. He cites reporting in other publications that suggests a young, literate, tech savvy city might not be the best market for traditional newspapers.

I have been wondering for a year now which American city will be first to lose its only daily newspaper. The results are in, and the dubious distinction goes to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the Newhouse family's Advance will shutter The Ann Arbor News in late July.

So here goes: Ann Arbor.com is an appalling pile of crap. And an insult to the intelligence of any functioning adult.

"You only get one chance to make a first impression," as the slogan says, and AnnArbor.com will want to be arresting and intriguing but not downright weird. It is still the replacement source for the city's news but aspires to be a community gathering spot with lots of participation and dialogue.

Many publishers, looking at the expense weight of seven-day print publishing and distribution, realize it may well be a more sustainable and viable model for the long term — but it’s also a big downsizing from the seven-day model and won’t deliver the kind of profit volume or margin they’ve enjoyed in the past.

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