The Ann Arbor (Mich.) Chronicle will cease publishing on Sept. 2, the sixth anniversary of its launch date. The Chronicle is a local news website specializing in in-depth coverage of local government in Ann Arbor. The site includes everything from recaps and analysis of city council meetings, to the public library board.
The site’s publisher Mary Morgan and editor Dave Askins said that although the paper was financially viable, it took a lot of work and the two felt they could no longer sustain the effort needed to keep it afloat.
“We sort of recognized that the kind of journalism that we were selling had a reasonable expectation of the kind of support we were enjoying, and that it would simply take an all-consuming effort on our part,” Askins said. “We needed to figure out how much longer we were going to do that.”
Revenue from the site rose to $100,000 annually, which was enough to pay expenses and ensure a living for Morgan and Askins, but in order to bring in additional help, the revenue would have to increase. Much of the revenue — 38 percent — came from reader donations, with the rest from local advertisers.
Archives of The Chronicle will remain online at least through the end of the year and its Ann Arbor events calendar will be maintained.