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Detroit Free Press
Type Daily newspaper Format Broadsheet Owner Gannett Company
(Detroit Media Partnership)
Publisher Paul Anger Editor Paul Anger Founded 1831 Headquarters 615 W. Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit, Michigan 48226-3138
Circulation 246,169 Daily
ISSN 1055-2758 Official website freep.com
The Detroit Free Press is the largest daily newspaper in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The Sunday edition is entitled the Sunday Free Press. It is sometimes informally referred to as the "Freep" (reflected in the paper's web address, www.freep.com). It primarily serves Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw, and Monroe counties.
The Free Press is owned by Gannett and is the larger of Metro Detroit's two major dailies (the other being the The Detroit News) and has received nine Pulitzer Prizes and four Emmy Awards. Editorially, the Free Press is considered by some[by whom?] to be more liberal than The Detroit News. The newspaper's motto is "On Guard for 180 Years."
1831–1987: competitive newspaper
The newspaper was first published as the Democratic Free Press and Michigan Intelligencer on May 5, 1831. The first issues were printed on a Washington press purchased from the discontinued Oakland Chronicle of Pontiac, Michigan. It was hauled from Pontiac in a wagon over rough roads to a building at Bates and Woodbridge streets in Detroit. The press could produce 250 pages an hour, hand operated by two men. The first issues were 14 by 20 inches (360 × 510 mm) in size, with five columns of type. Sheldon McKnight became the first publisher with John Pitts Sheldon as editor.
In 1940 the Free Press was sold to the Knight Newspapers (later Knight Ridder) chain. During the following 47 years the Free Press competed with the Detroit News in the southeastern Michigan market. The Free Press was delivered and sold as a morning paper while the News was sold and delivered as an evening newspaper.
1987–present: joint operating agreement
In 1987, the paper entered into a hundred-year joint operating agreement with its rival, combining business operations while maintaining separate editorial staffs. The combined company is called the Detroit Newspaper Partnership. The two papers also began to publish joint Saturday and Sunday editions, though the editorial content of each remained separate. At the time, the Detroit Free Press was the tenth highest circulation paper in the U.S., and the combined Detroit News and Free Press was the country's fourth largest Sunday paper.
On July 13, 1995, Newspaper Guild-represented employees of the Free Press and News and the pressmen, printers and Teamsters working for the "Detroit Newspapers" distribution arm went on strike. By October, about forty percent of the editorial staffers crossed the picket line, and many trickled back over the next months and others stayed out for the two and a half years of the strike. The strike was resolved in court three years later, and the unions remain active at the paper, representing a majority of the employees under their jurisdiction.
In 1998, the Free Press vacated its former headquarters in downtown Detroit and moved to offices inside the News building.
On August 3, 2005, Knight Ridder sold the Free Press to the Gannett company, which had previously owned and operated the News. The News, in turn, was sold to MediaNews Group; Gannett continues to be the managing partner in the papers' joint operating agreement.
On May 7, 2006, the Free Press resumed publication of its own Sunday edition, without any content from the News. A quirk in the operating agreement, however, allows the News to continue printing its editorial page in the 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 beginning on March 30, 2009.
Other Free Press publications
- The Detroit Almanac: 300 Years of Life in the Motor City (2001). Peter Gavrilovich and Bill McGraw, editors. ISBN 0-937247-34-0
- ^ "Audit Bureau of Circulations". http://abcas3.accessabc.com/ecirc/newstitlesearchus.asp. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
- ^ Gallagher, John (04/20/2009). "Detroit Free Press wins ninth Pulitzer for coverage of mayoral scandal". Detroit Free Press. http://www.freep.com/article/20090420/NEWS01/90420047/Free-Press-wins-Pulitzer-coverage-mayoral-scandal. Retrieved 05/01/2011.
- ^ Free Press, Staff (09/22/2009). "Detroit Free Press wins 4th Emmy Award for Christ Child House". Detroit Free Press. http://www.freep.com/article/20090922/NEWS01/309220022/Free-Press-wins-its-4th-Emmy-Christ-Child-House-multimedia-project. Retrieved 05/01/2011.
- ^ Richard Pérez-Peña & Mary Chapman (Tuesday, March 31, 2009). "Detroit's Daily Papers Are Now Not So Daily". The New York Times (nytimes.com). http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/31/business/media/31paper.html?_r=1. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
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- Waterbury Republican & American (1940)
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- Los Angeles Times (1942)
- Omaha World-Herald (1943)
- New York Times (1944)
- Detroit Free Press (1945)
- Scranton Times (1946)
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- St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1948)
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