Almost 30 years ago, I was national editor of the Detroit News, which was then the largest-circulation paper in Michigan.
The newspaper was then locked in a competitive struggle with the Detroit Free Press, and each was trying to put the other out of business. They had the novel idea that not only low prices but high quality was the way to win, and they did a lot of excellent journalism.
Back then, in the days before the World Wide Web, both newspapers sold well over 600,000 copies every day. On Sundays, their combined circulation was more than a million and a half. You could subscribe to either paper anywhere in the state.
A new poll done by EPIC-MRA for the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ-TV indicates that same-sex marriage has lost support in Michigan.
In 2013, the poll indicated that 51% supported same-sex marriage, and 41% said they opposed.
If it were put to a vote now, however, the poll found that only 47% would vote yes and 46% would vote no. The other 7% were either undecided, or refused to say. (The poll had a margin of error of +/- 4%.)
You can see the results from EPIC-MRA here (see question 26).
A new chapter has begun in the long history of Detroit's Belle Isle, which is transitioning to become Michigan's 102nd state park.
The full change takes place today, as state park officials assume control of the park under the lease imposed by Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr. The move should save the city between $4 and $5 million a year.
Starting today, motorists will need an $11 state recreation passport to enter the park.
Detroit Free Press editorial editor Stephen Henderson joins us today to talk about what we can expect for the future of Belle Isle and the city of Detroit.
Last weekend, when I was going to the North American International Auto Show, I walked by the Detroit News building.
It is an impressive structure, designed by legendary architect Albert Kahn nearly a century ago. Carved along the top are inspirational sayings about the role of the press in a Democratic society. The News moved into that building in 1917, as the United States was moving into World War I.
Since then, presidents and would-be presidents have gone there to be interviewed, as has virtually every celebrity the nation has known. Some of the nation’s greatest journalists have worked in that building, where the editors ran the place from magnificent paneled offices and one of the world’s most beautiful newspaper libraries. In the years before radio, they set up billboards outside and crowds gathered to read the World Series scores and news bulletins.
Graduating from college brings with it many things - four years of academic achievement, a degree, and for some... substantial financial debt.
Continuing our student debt conversation we spoke today with Detroit Free Press financial columnist Susan Tompor. Pam Fowler, Executive Director of Financial Aid at the University of Michigan, also joing us.
According to Tompor, one of the primary reasons students fall so deeply into debt is their failure to record the money they borrow.
Allan Lengel writes for Deadline Detroit, "the recent exodus is unprecedented in size for local media outlets, and it has shaken the staff and left the top management searching for talent to fill a few of the positions."