Some say print journalism is dead. We disagree. We believe it’s evolving and that it must continue to evolve to survive. That includes figuring out ways to combine community journalism with citizen input and developing new models that fit specific communities. There’s never been a better time to try something new, to translate dreams into ink, paper and gigabytes. So we started The Ann in October 2010.
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• Kyle Poplin, editor and publisher, conceived The Ann in 2009-10 while he was in the Knight-Wallace Fellowship, a one-year program for experienced journalists at the University of Michigan. During that fellowship, he studied journalism start-ups across the country and researched the major issues facing the newspaper industry and newly emerging business models. Kyle was a newspaper editor for more than 20 years and oversaw the launch of a daily newspaper, Bluffton Today, as executive editor in 2005. Bluffton Today’s innovative take on community journalism led him to speaking engagements throughout the country, including USA Today. Kyle has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in business administration.
• Myra Poplin, sales and marketing, calls herself The Ann’s “people person,” which is to say she manages ad sales. She was a professional ballerina in Augusta, Ga., and Atlanta before starting her own business in 2007. After coming to Ann Arbor with Kyle, her husband, in 2009, she earned her Michigan Realtors sales license in 2010. Her extensive background and experience with community-based companies and organizations have enabled The Ann to achieve strong advertising support.
• Jim McBee, creative director, is a news veteran who loves to design new publications and brainstorm crazy ideas. He’s reported, photographed, edited and designed the news, managed copy editors and designers and worked on projects large and small, including two startups and a reinvention. Before The Ann, he worked on the staff that created Bluffton Today and was managing editor of SmartNews, a startup in North Carolina. He’s looking for ways to reinvent the news business so great local journalism can thrive.
• Jennifer DeGregorio is the new advertising and marketing director for The Ann. She has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and project management. In addition to her work in media, Jen spent three years as the event and marketing director for Big Brothers Big Sisters and has been an active board member for several non-profits in Washtenaw County. She has also managed many community events such as The Puck Drops Here, (a street celebration in honor of the 2014 Winter Classic), the 2014 Champions Cup Celebration and the UA Toilet Bowl Street Race.
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