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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

The and are Michigan’s largest newspapers.

Under a 1987 , the Detroit Media Partnership publishes, distributes, and sells advertising for both papers. The papers are owned separately and employ independent news staffs and websites. The two papers as of late 2009, though executives were by the end of 2010.

The Free Press is owned by Gannett, who in 2005 in the same deal in which it sold the News to the MediaNews Group. The Free Press, often known as the Freep, is the of Detroit’s daily newspapers, having .

The Daily News is owned by MediaNews, which in 2005. It was .

In 2009, the Free Press and News became two of the first papers to in order to save money and , three days a week and the News twice a week. The papers remain available at newsstands each day. The papers also of their non-print editions as part of the transition. The as of 2010, giving it the second-highest  e-circulation that year, behind only the Wall Street Journal. That number had been by several other papers by 2012.

In May 2010, the papers announced they would in some areas through independent carriers.

The Free Press for its video work, which it started in 2005. The Free Press produces a television news segment on a local station with stories written and produced by Free Press journalists.

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