Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Big Changes for the Detroit Newspapers

I post this as a former Detroit Free Press paperboy (7th and 8th Grade...1978-1980).
Reading the paper on-line is an entirely different experience. Holding and folding the paper, dirtying your fingertips with ink, reading more in depth than when on-line. On-line I tend to browse, reading more headlines and fewer complete stories....

But I understand that it is a change necessary for economic reasons.

We did not have a home subscription since moving back to Michigan (just a local weekly paper), but in the past 6 weeks we have taken home delivery of the Free Press (the coupons pay for the price of delivery) and on some days it doesn't get read until the evening. But it is nice to share this experience with my sons (who all want to see the comics of course). When I was little it was always the sports section first, followed by the comics.
At least we will still have it on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.

From the Detnews.com website....

The changes, expected to be implemented in March, mean home delivery of The News and Free Press will end Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Delivery will continue on Thursdays and Fridays at both papers and Sundays at the Free Press. Both will still be available at the regular price at 20,000 stores and boxes throughout Michigan and through an electronic "e-edition" that allows readers to view replicas of the printed papers online.
Meanwhile, the Web sites of both newspapers, www.detnews.com and www.freep.com, will continue to offer expanded content.
The Detroit Media Partnership, which controls business operations of both papers, would not disclose cost savings, but stressed that both papers will maintain vigorous news-gathering operations and editorial voices. Job reductions at the partnership are likely but haven't been finalized. Wolman said he doesn't anticipate newsroom layoffs.
The announcement acknowledges dual realities: The industry is suffering one of its worst years in history, but more consumers than ever are reading its content. Circulation at both papers has declined along with the industry, but detnews.com averages 30 million page views a month.
"The dynamics of delivering information to audiences has changed forever due to technology," Dave Hunke, CEO of the Detroit Media Partnership and Free Press publisher, said in a press release.
"Today, consumers are more empowered than ever before. In order to serve them well, we must find ways to be more nimble."