online at Mlive.
In some ways, there's a let's hurry up and get it over with as desks are emptied, belongings carted home and every day brings a new round of lasts at the Ann Arbor News.
A Facebook event asks:
"Leave flowers, notes, cards or mementos on the steps of the Ann Arbor News this week on Thursday, July 23rd, the last day it will be printed after 174 years. Show the employees that we appreciate their work and that we'll miss them and our paper."
Send them jobs instead. A Twitter plea says wear black on Thursday. Journalists take to blogs, posting last photos of the last employees left and other farewells.
Radio host Lucy Ann Lance pens her own "Requiem for the Ann Arbor News" and plays out week of farewells on air:
"Listen for interviews with retired crime reporter Bill Treml, former newsman Jeff Mortimer, former sportswriter Jim Carty, editor Ed Petykiewicz, reporters Tom Gantert, Dan Meisler, and Sven Gustafson, and a panel discussion with reporters Jo Mathis, Geoff Larcom, and Tracy Davis, just to name a few."In addition, University of Michigan Professor Anthony Collings (a former CNN international affairs correspondent and author of Words of Fire: Independent Journalists Who Challenge Dictators, Drug Lords, and Other Enemies of a Free Press) will comment on the changing world of journalism."
Over on the newspaper's web site is more evidence of farewells: Letters, photos and videos.
NBC also put together a report last week (Find it on MSNBC)
Even the AnnArbor.com, the online-two-day-a-week on paper noted the final day.
There's acknowledgment that consuming media becomes more difficult in a almost paperless town with multiple outlets of online news.
"Do you have time to log onto AnnArbor.com, AnnArborChronicle.com, A2Journal.com, MLive.com, DetNews.com, Freep.com, etc. to keep up with your community? Each of those publications offers a unique look into our world.Further north, those in towns now served by three times a week or weekly newspapers look on in envy. Will we ever get used to obituaries on the television? Will we one day wonder how we did without obituaries over the phone? Recognize the datelines now served up as local that once were identified as "state news."
"Also, are you going to have the time and interest to navigate through 75 different community journalists (bloggers) who will be providing content to AnnArbor.com?"
So many times I've heard the moans of news organizations losing the historical knowledge when buyouts, layoffs and retirements thin the employed ranks. Imagine what's lost when the newspaper closes its doors.
Listen to some of the memories:
Bill Treml, Famed former Ann Arbor News Crime Beat Reporter – Mon., 7/20/09 – Recalling the glorious days of the newsroom and insight on his most famous case, John Norman Collins and the Coed Murders.
Jeff Mortimer, former Ann Arbor News Reporter – Tue., 7/21/09 – Before Level Larcom there was Dump the Dope. Jeff Mortimer pinpoints the day he knew the Ann Arbor News was doomed.
Ed Petykiewicz, Retiring Editor of The Ann Arbor News -Wed., 7/22/09 When Ed Petykiewicz decided to retire from the Ann Arbor News, he had no idea he’d be ushering everyone out and locking the door behind him.
Ann Arbor News Media Panel: Jo Mathis, Geoff Larcom and Tracy E. Davis -Wed., 7/22/09 Between them they have spent nearly 50 years reporting about the Ann Arbor community, and when the Ann Arbor News closes all of that will be gone.
Find many of the Ann Arbor News stories leading up to its closings online. Read some of the shared memories. Folks are writing fan letters to the Ann Arbor News as it crawls to its end.
The news organization gathered own photos, videos and memories for a grand exit:
The Final Videos:
- Pat Austin
- Jesse Bernstein
- Ralph Buehler
- Joe Chenier
- Russ Collins
- Colleen Ericson
- Loren Estleman
- Cheryl Farmer
- Mike Finney
- Peter Fletcher
- Art Gallagher
- Bob Guenzel
- Tammy Graves
- Lon Horwedel
- Lucy Ann Lance
- Joan Lowenstein
- Jo Mathis
- Jenn McKee
- Taylor Robinson
- Joe Slezak
- Leisa Thompson
- Dawn Tobias
- Yolanda Whitten
More online on mlive.com and elsewhere. Best taken in small doses.