Given Michigan’s economic woes, I suppose it’s not surprising that Newhouse is taking a hatchet to the eight dailies it owns there. Both Detroit papers are ceasing home delivery on most days next week.
But–Ann Arbor? It’s tough to see how a print local daily anywhere survives if it can’t make it in the home of the nation’s largest university. Or maybe Newhouse thinks it’s the perfect place for the online only experiment? I’d like to be optimisitic. But it’s a little tough, given that typing
“annarbornews.com” into my browser directs me to something called “mlive” (tagline: all things Michigan) and has no mention of the Newhouse move that was reported in today’s WSJ.
Ironically, the WSJ also reports on the economic resilience of college towns, and implies that Ann Arbor’s unemployment rate is half or less of the national average.