The Detroit News

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Along with The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News (owned by Gannett) is one of the two major Metro Detroit newspapers. It is considered editorially to be the more conservative of the two. The paper began in 1873 when it rented space in the rival Free Press's building. It claims to have been the first newspaper in the world to operate a radio station, station 8MK, which went on the air August 20, 1920. 8MK is now WWJ. In 1919 the News bought out the Detroit Tribune, in 1922, the Detroit Journal and in 1960, it bought out and closed the Detroit Times. In 1989, the paper entered into a 100-year joint operating agreement with its rival, the Detroit Free Press combining business operations while keeping separate editorial staffs. The Free Press moved into the News building in 1998 and the two publish a single joint weekend edition.

The Detroit News building was built in 1917 by architect Albert Kahn who designed a faux-stone concrete building with large street level arches to admit light. These arches were bricked in for protection after the 12th Street Riot in 1967. They were only reopened during renovations required when the Free Press moved in 20 years later.

Currently, the News has significantly lower circulation than the Free Press. Jack Lessenberry speculated in his Metro Times column that the News will be extinct in a couple of years. However, the website for this newspaper (www.detnews.com) is the 10th most read newspaper website in the United States.

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