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Detroit Daily Press hiatus

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Peg McNichol, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. Peg McNichol

    Peg McNichol Member

    from Facebook, confirmed in my conversations wtih Mark and Gary Stern:
    "Due to circimstances beyond our control, lack of advertising, lateness of our press runs and lack of distribution and sales, we find it necessary to temporarily suspend publication of the Detroit Daily Press until after the 1st of the year. Once we can fix these things, we plan to be back stronger and more organized when we return. This is just a bump in the road and not the end of the Detroit Daily Press.34 minutes ago."
  2. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Is this a surprise?
  3. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    In a general sense, no. Anybody trying a newspaper start up right now is going to run into bumps, no matter how well organized or intentioned.
  4. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    A bit quicker than expected, no?
  5. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    They didn't do a very good job of getting the word out about the new paper. The only real word I saw on it was the day they held their presser to announce the venture. Since then, nothing.

    And they also had lots of problems getting the actual product out to people. I tried to get it 3-4 times in one of their target communities and couldn't find it.

    The place that could really use a daily newspaper is Ann Arbor. There's a real void there since the closing of the News.
  6. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Here's hoping the paper comes back, but stopping publication so quickly is a very, very bad sign. Wonder if the employees have been paid yet?

    Hank - Amen to Ann Arbor needing a daily. The News was making money, but it wasn't enough for the greedy ownership.
  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    How can they fix things that are supposedly out of their control?
  8. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    I don't normally agree with Hank, but he's right on the money about Ann Arbor. It's crying for a paper again.
    I too hope the revamped Press comes back kicking ass.
  9. Peg McNichol

    Peg McNichol Member

    Thanks for all the nice words... as for getting paid, I'm in the Detroit Daily Press newsroom. Checks are due in today and we are getting paid.

    I quit a job to come here. Every day we improved our process here. I hope we come back kickin' ass too :)
  10. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    I'm glad you're getting paid. That's good to hear. Just sit tight, I think things are going to fall in your favor.
  11. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Peg - That's good to hear that you're getting paid. Good luck with the relaunch - I'd love to see you guys give the DNA a run for its money. As was said above, your bosses need to do a better job of publicity.
  12. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Organization and intention are a lot less important than starting capital, which they don't have.
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