Is this the wave of the future? The two daily newspapers in Detroit, the News and the Free Press, will only deliver the paper to subscribers on three most popular days, Thursday. Friday and Sunday. There will still be slimmed down papers on the other days, available on newsstands. In theory, the move will also mean greater emphasis on delivering news online.
Some are hailing this as a bold move, but let's be honest: Necessity was the mother of invention here, just as it usually is what that other product that they used to make a lot of in Detroit. A truly bold move would have been to radically change the papers to adjust to the Internet back when they were still making profits over 20 percent, but instead "change" is the result of a near-death experience:
I have a couple of thoughts. Journalistically, this could be a good idea if there's a real commitment to re-thinking both the online (or digital) News and Free Press, as well as a re-thinking of what goes in the three days of home delivery. Hopefully, the three most widely read print editions will be home to longer-form journalism -- less breaking news but more cutting-edge analysis and opinion, with great narrative story telling and some investigative scoops. And the online version should look more like the mythical "norg" that a bunch of journalists here in Philly discussed way back in 2005 -- a real community between the professional journalists that remain and the citizens who care most about news in the Detroit community.