The New York Times notices when the Michigan Daily scoops the Ann Arbor News

The story is Local News, Off College Presses, from April 13, 2014.

The constant changes have muddled The Ann Arbor News’s identity and, according to some residents, eroded its standing as the go-to source of news in the community. That sense was reinforced by the football article, on which The Ann Arbor News played catch-up after student reporters broke the story.

Poynter noted in 2011 that the University of Michigan had placed a member of its PR staff on the AnnArbor.com editorial board. This drew criticism from former Ann Arbor News reporter Jim Carty at the time.

David Lampe spent a good six months fighting The Ann Arbor News at every single point of our academics and athletics investigation. He is a well-paid professional spinner for the biggest organization you cover. The idea you would put him on your editorial board would be nothing less than mind-boggling if it weren’t for everything we’ve seen over the past year-plus. Pretty much epic fail on every front at this point, Tony.

You need to have a certain degree of editorial freedom to go after the biggest employer in town; the Michigan Daily clearly has it.

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