The Detroit News

The Detroit News is one of the two major newspapers in the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. The paper began in 1873, when it rented space in the rival Detroit Free Press's building. The News absorbed the Detroit Tribune on February 1, 1919, the Detroit Journal on July 21, 1922, and on November 7, 1960, it bought and closed the faltering Detroit Times. However, it retained the Times' building, which it used as a printing plant until 1975, when a new facility opened in Sterling Heights. The Times building was demolished in 1978.[2] The street in downtown Detroit where the Times building once stood is still called "Times Square." The Evening News Association, owner of The News, merged with Gannett in 1985.

At the time of its acquisition of The News, Gannett also had other Detroit interests, as its outdoor advertising company, which ultimately became Outfront Media through a series of mergers, operated many billboards across Detroit and the surrounding area, including advertising displays on Detroit Department of Transportation and Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority buses, with its only competitor, primarily along Metro Detroit's freeway network, being 3M National Advertising (now Lamar Advertising).

The News claims to have been the first newspaper in the world to operate a radio station, station 8MK, which began broadcasting August 20, 1920. 8MK is now CBS-owned WWJ. In 1947, it established Michigan's first television station, WWJ-TV, now WDIV-TV.

In 1989, the paper entered into a 100-year joint operating agreement with the rival Free Press, combining business operations while keeping separate editorial staffs. The combined company is called the Detroit Media Partnership (DMP). The Free Press moved into The News building in 1998 and until May 7, 2006, the two published a single joint weekend edition. Today, The News is published Monday–Saturday, and has an editorial page in the Sunday Free Press.

The Detroit News has won three Pulitzer Prizes.

The Detroit News
The December 28, 2009, front page
of The Detroit News
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Digital First Media
(Detroit Media Partnership)
PublisherJonathan Wolman
EditorJonathan Wolman
Managing editorsGary Miles
Headquarters160 West Fort Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226
 United States
Circulation141,668 (2011)[1] (weekday)


Former Detroit News logo, used for marketing
Telegraphic Department, The Detroit News (1918)
Telegraphic dispatches to the paper exceeded 75,000 words a day in 1918[3]

The Detroit News was founded by James E. Scripps, who, in turn, was the older half-brother and one-time partner of Edward W. Scripps. The paper's eventual success, however, is largely credited to Scripps' son-in-law, George Gough Booth, who came aboard at the request of his wife's father. Booth went on to construct Michigan's largest newspaper empire, founding the independent Booth Newspapers chain (now owned by S.I. Newhouse's Advance Publications) with his two brothers.

The Detroit News building was erected in 1917. It was designed by architect Albert Kahn, who included a faux-stone concrete building with large street level arches to admit light. The arches along the east and south side of the building were bricked-in for protection after the 12th Street Riot in 1967. The bricked-in arches on the east and south ends of the building were reopened during renovations required when the Free Press relocated its offices there 20 years later.

In 1931, The Detroit News made history when it bought a three place Pitcairn PCA-2 auto-gyro as a camera aircraft which could take off and land in restricted places and semi-hover for photos. It was the ancestor of today's well known news helicopter.[4] In 1935 a single Lockheed Model 9 Orion was purchased and modified by Lockheed as a news camera plane for The Detroit News. To work in that role, a pod was built into the frontal leading edge of the right wing about eight feet (2.4 m) out from the fuselage. This pod had a glass dome on the front and a mounted camera. To aim the camera the pilot was provided with a primitive grid-like gun sight on his windshield.[5]

July 13, 1995, Newspaper Guild employees of the Detroit Free Press and The News along with pressmen, printers and Teamsters, working for the "Detroit Newspapers" distribution arm, went on strike. Approximately half of the staffers crossed the picket line before the unions ended their strike in February 1997. The strike was resolved in court three years later, with the journalists' union losing its unfair labor practices case on appeal. Still, the weakened unions remain active at the paper, representing a majority of the employees under their jurisdiction.

August 3, 2005, Gannett announced that it would sell The News to MediaNews Group and purchase the Free Press from the Knight Ridder company. With this move, Gannett became the managing partner in the papers' joint operating agreement. On May 7, 2006, the combined Sunday Detroit News and Free Press were replaced by a stand-alone Sunday Free Press. On December 16, 2008, Detroit Media Partnership announced a plan to limit weekday home delivery for both dailies to Thursday and Friday only. On other weekdays the paper sold at newsstands would be smaller, about 32 pages, and redesigned. This arrangement went into effect March 30, 2009.[6]

Detroit News Building
Detroit News and Free Press Building, the newspaper's home 1917-2014

The News has significantly lower print circulation than the Free Press (over 100,000 fewer copies, according to the Knight Ridder 2004 Annual Report) though The News website is the 10th most-read newspaper website in the United States.

The current home of Detroit News and Free Press offices

In February 2014, the DMP announced its offices along with those of The News and the Free Press would move from the West Lafayette building to six floors in both the old and new sections of the former Federal Reserve building at 160 West Fort Street. The partnership expected to place signs on the exterior similar to those on the former offices.[7][8] The move took place October 24–27, 2014.[9]

Editorially, The News is considered more conservative than the Free Press. However, it considers itself libertarian. In an editorial statement printed in 1958, The News described itself as consistently conservative on economic issues and consistently liberal on civil liberties issues. It has never endorsed a Democrat for president, and has only failed to endorse a Republican presidential candidate four times: twice during the Franklin D. Roosevelt era; in 2004, when it refused to endorse George W. Bush for re-election; and in 2016, when it endorsed Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson rather than Republican nominee Donald Trump.[10][11]

The Future

The Joint Operating Agreement that the News and Free Press exist under has an early termination clause that can be elected after 10 years, if both papers can show three consecutive years of operating losses. The JOA does not expire until December 2025 and automatically renews for another 5 years if neither party opts out.[12]

Columnists and staff writers

The staff of The Detroit News includes columnists Neal Rubin, Nolan Finley, Ingrid Jacques, Bankole Thompson; design writer Maureen Feighan; food critic Molly Abraham; sports columnist Bob Wojnowski, John Niyo; sports writer Angelique Chengelis, auto writer Henry Payne and business writer Daniel Howes.

The staff also includes metro reporter Robert Snell, who was named Michigan Journalist of the Year in 2014 and 2017 by the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.[13]

The investigative team is led by reporter Christine MacDonald, who won a 2017 Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service journalism for a two-day series on evictions in Detroit.[14]


See also


  1. ^ "Audit Bureau of Circulations". Archived from the original on March 17, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "Detroit Times Building". Buildings of Detroit. Archived from the original on October 26, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  3. ^ "The Detroit News: Eighteen Hundred and Seventy-Three, Nineteen Hundred and Seventeen, a Record of Progress". Franklin Press. 1918.
  4. ^ "Hover Plane and Camera Join News Staff". Popular Mechanics: 632. October 1931.
  5. ^ "Flying Camera Aimed Like a Machine Gun". Popular Mechanics: 513. April 1935.
  6. ^ Pérez-Peña, Richard & Chapman, Mary (March 31, 2009). "Detroit's Daily Papers Are Now Not So Daily". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Zaniewski, Ann; Gallagher, John (20 February 2014). "Free Press, News moving to new home in core of downtown Detroit". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  8. ^ Aguilar, Louis (April 23, 2014). "Detroit News, Free Press, DMP will occupy 6 floors in old Federal Reserve building". The Detroit News. Archived from the original on April 25, 2014. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  9. ^ Rubin, Neil (24 October 2014). "News moving out, leaving century of memories behind". Detroit News. Retrieved 2014-10-27.
  10. ^ Winkler, Claudia (October 28, 2004). "'For President: None of the Above': 'The Detroit News' Completes Its Retreat from Principle to Mush". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "Endorsement: Libertarian Gary Johnson for President". Detroit News. September 29, 2016.
  12. ^ Shea, Bill (July 3, 2012). "Don't panic yet: The Detroit Free Press isn't closing, but a major change is afoot". Crain's Detroit Business.
  13. ^ "News' Snell named journalist of the year". The Detroit News. April 18, 2018.
  14. ^ "Detroit News reporter wins national award". The Detroit News. April 23, 2018.
  15. ^ "Detroit News reporter wins national award". The Detroit News. April 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "TWO TIMES REPORTERS WIN PENNEY-MISSOURI AWARDS". New York Times. Retrieved 27 December 2018.

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