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AnnArbor.com lays off 14

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by WolvEagle, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Heard through the Facebook grapevine that AnnArbor.com laid off 14 people - not sure who yet. Plus, three key people jumped to the Detroit Free Press in the last week.

    I'm saddened, but not surprised. I knew it'd be a tough road.
  2. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Nothing's posted on AnnArbor.com. If they're covering other businesses, they should cover their own, too.
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Of course they should. That doesn't mean they will, though.

    Typical corporate hypocrisy.
  4. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    One of the layoffs was photographer Lon Horwedel - a damned good shooter and a damned good person.
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Lon's a great guy, a better golfer and one of the best photogs I've ever worked with... That sucks...

    As for aa.com, how's that business model going, Tony?
    Only regret is that one of those who went to the Freep didn't get tossed on her ass too.
  6. NickMordo

    NickMordo Active Member

    Yay, Michigan! What a shithole this state still is.
  7. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    It has nothing to do with Michigan and everything to do with people in charge who ran the Ann Arbor News into the ground, then were rewarded by starting up annarbor.com.
  8. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    You are 100 percent right.
  9. jackandcoke

    jackandcoke Member

    Third this. Completely on-target.
  10. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    They billed it as something you've ever seen before.

    Someone should tell Tony, we've seen it before.

    Wolv, I heard sports was hit, although I don't know who or how many.
  11. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Damn - they didn't have that big of a sports staff to begin with.

    Actually, I should amend one thing I said earlier: The Ann Arbor News was a very solid product before it was driven into the ground. It could have been a very good product for a long, long time with the right stewardship.

    Instead, we get this.
  12. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Pretty much kiss high school sports coverage goodbye. Not that they covered that much to begin with.
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