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Detroit newspapers’ building sold

Detroit Free Press

A real estate services company has bought the building that houses the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, John Gallagher reports in the Free Press.

Bedrock Real Estate Services “is the real estate arm of Quicken Loans founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert’s family of companies,” Gallagher writes.

The building at 615 W. Lafayette Street was designed by Albert Kahn and built in 1917. The papers plan to move to another building owned by Bedrock. … Read more


Detroit Guild condemns police for photographer’s arrest, urges Free Press publisher ‘to take further action’ | Detroit Free Press | Fox 2 News

The Detroit Guild on Thursday sent a letter to Police Chief James Craig denouncing Free Press photographer Mandi Wright’s arrest last week after filming an arrest with an iPhone.

“The Guild demands that you issue a formal apology to Wright and that you take disciplinary action against the officers responsible for this illegal conduct against a photo journalist, who was just doing her job while witnessing a police arrest on a public street,” guild president Lou Mleczko wrote. He also sent a letter to Free Press publisher Paul Anger urging the organization “to take further action directed at the Detroit Police Department.”

The letters come the same week the National Press Photographer’s Association sent a letter to Detroit police this week saying  Wright’s First Amendment rights were violated.… Read more


M.L. Elrick leaves Detroit Free Press to join WJBK-TV

Crain’s Detroit Business Poynter

Veteran reporter M.L. Elrick is leaving the Detroit Free Press to become an investigative reporter at WJBK-TV2, the city’s Fox affiliate. Elrick, 44, told Crain’s Detroit Business that he’s ready for a new challenge and that the station has agreed to let him take time off in the future to work on a book about the Kwame Kilpatrick saga, which won him and Jim Schaefer the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 .

Elrick told Crain’s that he still considers the Free Press to be “a great paper doing the lord’s work,” but that in the end, the newspaper’s work “wasn’t avante-garde enough” for him. This isn’t Elrick’s first TV job; he worked for a year at WDIV-TV and then returned to the Free Press in 2007.… Read more


Guild official worries today’s Free Press will look like ‘gold standard’ after buyouts

M.L. Elrick, vice chairman of the Free Press unit of the Detroit Newspaper Guild, says he’s worried about the talent the paper will lose after its next round of buyouts. On Monday, management offered buyouts to 155 people at the Free Press, the Detroit News and the Detroit Media Partnership, which oversees their joint business operations.

In an email interview, Elrick said:

While I applaud the company for finding a humane, even generous, plan to reduce costs, I dread thinking of the experience and institutional knowledge that we will lose. I am also concerned that those who remember what the Free Press once was — a dynamic newspaper with a landmark building, bureaus all over the world, scintillating columnists and page after page stuffed with fun and fascinating stories and features — are disappearing.

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Detroit Free Press, News offer buyouts to staffers

Crain’s Detroit Business
Buyouts were offered to 155 people at the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News and the Detroit Media Partnership, which oversees their joint business operations.

Alan Lenhoff, director of project management and corporate communications with the Detroit Media Partnership, told Poynter that employees age 56 and up who have worked at the papers for 20 or more years will be eligible. The offer includes two weeks pay for each year at the paper (capped at 52 weeks) and health insurance. Some people who are eligible may not be allowed to accept the buyout, Lenhoff said, depending on how many people want to take it from each department.

Lenhoff told Poynter he expects less than half of eligible employees to accept the buyout. “It’s a total win-win because we would like to reduce some expenses, and it’s an excellent opportunity for people who are close to retirement to make that possible for themselves,” he said by phone.… Read more


How the Detroit Free Press used Facebook to involve readers in a controversial publishing decision

It’s not uncommon for readers to object after a newspaper decides to publish or withhold sensitive information — public employee salaries, sexual abuse allegations or an underage victim’s name.

But an exchange on the Detroit Free Press’ Facebook page shows how those decisions now can be shaped in advance by a public dialogue between the paper and its readers.

On Tuesday, the Free Press told its Facebook fans it would soon be posting audio of a grim 911 call in which a 17-year-old girl reports that her ex-boyfriend killed her current boyfriend with an ax, then shot himself in the head. At the time, she did not know her mother had also been killed.

There are several journalistic questions: Was the 911 audio sensationalistic, or valuable reporting?… Read more