Deadline Detroit website to go dark, cofounder Lengel says

Deadline Detroit — a digital media outlet that called itself “independent” and “grassroots,” “offering the authentic outlook on Detroit” — announced it will “go dark” after Labor Day. “Sadly, after celebrating Deadline Detroit’s 10-year anniversary in April, I’ve simply run out of juice, the 24/7 grind of overseeing an online […]

Deadline Detroit — a digital media outlet that called itself “independent” and “grassroots,” “offering the authentic outlook on Detroit” — announced it will “go dark” after Labor Day.

“Sadly, after celebrating Deadline Detroit’s 10-year anniversary in April, I’ve simply run out of juice, the 24/7 grind of overseeing an online publication with few vacations has taken a toll,” cofounder Allan Lengel wrote in a Wednesday column.

Deadline Detroit is a mix of aggregated news from other publications, opinions on a variety of issues, including criticism of other outlets, and some original reporting on various issues.

In November, for example, metro Detroit journalist Danny Fenster — who spent six months in a Myanmar prison last year and was featured on “60 Minutes” — granted an exclusive interview to Deadline Detroit.

American journalist Danny Fenster, second from left, is greeted by his brother, Bryan Fenster, left, his mother, Rose Fenster, second from right, and his father, Buddy Fenster, after arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. Fenster was sentenced last week to 11 years of hard labor, but he was handed over Monday to former U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson, who helped negotiate the release.

Readership, Lengel said, averaged about 600,000 unique visits a month, and went as high as 1.2 million during the pandemic.

In may ways, the website’s announcement is familiar, as news organizations struggle with sustainability and profitability in the face of declining advertising, rising print and other costs and concerns about journalistic credibility.

“Will local news survive?” is a question that journalism professors are trying to answer.

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