In December the Detroit Media Partnership, which publishes the Detroit Daily News and the Detroit Free Press, announced plans which it hopes will help the newspapers survive the economic crisis. DMP's decision to end home delivery on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and instead to direct readers to its websites and truncated editions, came into effect yesterday. The new condensed editions were available free yesterday, but as of today will cost 50 cents.
However, the first day which Detroit woke up without the News or the Free Press on its doorsteps also happened on a day full to the brim with multiple news stories (including the White House effectively forcing out the long standing chairman of Detroit based General Motors) which would have graced the front pages of the full publications just a week earlier. "Maybe once a year, a city has a news day as heavy as the one that just hit Detroit" write Richard Pèrez-Peña and Mary Chapman for the New York Times. Such an event would previously have prompted a boost in sales for the local publications, but it just so happened that yesterday even the condensed version was being given away for free.