Ann Arbor Area Community News
Community Life is no longer with us.
At least according to the Ann Arbor News who used to have a special “Community Life” pull out section on Saturdays.
I am one of those 20 somethings who still gets the paper every day. And I faithfully read it every day. And every year it takes me less and less time to read the paper.
First there was the end of the Connection Section, that Sunday section with health, entertainment, and a column by Judy McGovern.
Then there was the thinning out of the Local News section.
And now there is no Community Life. With it’s Good Deeds and Reflections by News photographers, volunteer spotlight, and other random stuff. Update: Some of these elements, like the Engagement Announcements, Reflection, Good Causes and Faces in the Crowd are now in a “Milestones” section of the Sunday News.
So I am left to wonder: what is the News’ grand plan? What makes a local paper good and what makes people want to read it? Because every time the News takes away local news I scratch my head.
But I am not in the print media business and I know it is not as easy as just continuing to provide content that the majority of people don’t want to read at the same time that your costs keep increasing.
I am happy the News is still around, but I am left to wonder where its headed.
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