Ann Arbor Observer’s Coverage of Local Politics Criticized Sharply By Its Readers

Ann Arbor Observer’s Coverage of Local Politics Criticized Sharply By Its Readers

Update: In its Aug. 2017 City Council candidate article written by James Leonard, the Observer states a married candidate’s “girlfriend” donated thousands to his campaign. The woman named as David Silkworth’s “girlfriend” is, in fact, his wife, Tanya Ridella-Mehlos. In the Observer’s April 2016 issue, writer James Leonard interviewed Silkworth and his wife for an article about the deer […]

A2 Indy Wins Reporting and Photography Awards for Local Coverage from Society of Professional Journalists

A2 Indy Wins Reporting and Photography Awards for Local Coverage from Society of Professional Journalists

by John Ball THE ANN ARBOR Independent earned three “Excellence in Media” awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter, for 2014 photography and reporting on such varied topics as investigative reporting, the 2014 Ypsilanti ElvisFest and 2014 U-M Take Back the Night rally. Competing in the Class C journalism division, open to all […]

More Controversy on Tap for Owners of Arbor Brewing Company

More Controversy on Tap for Owners of Arbor Brewing Company

by John Ball ON FEB. 18, the Detroit Metro Times published what has alternatively been called an “expose” and a “hit piece” about the owners of the Ann Arbor Brewing Company. Ann Arbor business owners Matt and Rene Greff’s business practices were summed up in the article as “insincere, and, at worst, highly unethical.” The […]

The Ann Arbor District Library Wants Knight Grant to Become a “Producer” of Local News

The Ann Arbor District Library Wants Knight Grant to Become a “Producer” of Local News

by David Alexander THE ANN ARBOR DISTRICT District Library has submitted a grant application seeking money to fund a library-sponsored news service. The news service, preliminarily titled Civic Ticker, will operate as a living online encyclopedia about local events, much the way ArborWiki does. The grant is part of a nation-wide effort by the Knight […]

Digital First Media, Publisher of “Washtenaw Now,” Weighs Sale of Assets

Digital First Media, Publisher of “Washtenaw Now,” Weighs Sale of Assets

THE ANN ARBOR Independent reported that the Heritage Media Group, owned by Digital First Media shuttered the A2 Journal and pulled out of the Ann Arbor marketplace shortly after The A2 Indy was launched in October 2013. Out-county newspapers owned by the Heritage Media Group in Chelsea, Dexter, Ypsilanti, Saline and Manchester were rolled into […]

New Study: Print Newspaper Readers Recall More Than Online Readers

New Study: Print Newspaper Readers Recall More Than Online Readers

Readers abandoning print newspapers in favor of online news may want to consider the effect it’s having. A study conducted by a researcher at the University of Houston (UH) finds those who read printed news publications read more news and also remember more news than those who read news online. “As the U.S. public gets […]

AnnArborChronicle.com -30-

AnnArborChronicle.com -30-

by Rob Smith ON AUGUST 8, 2014 the owners of the online site AnnArborChronicle.com announced that they will shutter their site on Sept. 2 after six years. The AnnArborChronicle.com is a self-described online newspaper that “focuses on civic affairs and local government coverage.” Articles will be archived, but no new content will be added after […]

Mayoral Candidate Snubs Ann Arbor News Endorsement He Competed to Get

Mayoral Candidate Snubs Ann Arbor News Endorsement He Competed to Get

NEWSPAPER endorsements are controversial for any number of reasons not the least among which is that readers can interpret endorsements as a paper supporting a particular candidate. Over the past several years, papers from the  Chicago Sun-Times to the Dayton Daily News have decided to forego making endorsements. Ward 3 Council member Taylor was endorsed […]

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