- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Ann Arbor News has announced it will publish its last edition in July and replace it with an online product.

Publisher Laurel Champion said in a letter published Monday that the 174-year-old daily newspaper owned by the Newhouse family’s Advance Publications is starting a new online media company called AnnArbor.com LLC. It will share local news and information with the community.

She told the staff in a morning meeting that it was an incredibly difficult decision, but “by no means the end of local journalism in Ann Arbor.” She cited steep losses for 2008 and said it has been struggling as a daily newspaper.

Champion said current Ann Arbor News employees can apply for positions with the new company, but job losses will be unavoidable.

Information from: The Ann Arbor News, https://www.mlive.com/aanews

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