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‘The end of an era’

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Julie Stafford to retire from Daily News, ending 72 years of Stafford family leadership

If Daily News publisher Julie Stafford received the gift of having a dream come true, one shouldn’t be surprised if for perhaps the first time in her life, that wish might be a little bit selfish. 

She might ask that the printing press on E. Fairplains Street publish issues of the Daily News just a tad bit slower, providing a little more time to take in that magical process. 

The Daily News receives 37 awards from Michigan Press Association

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The Daily News was honored with 37 awards for news, sports, design and advertising in the Michigan Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest, the results of which were was announced on Thursday.

The Daily News received 21 awards for advertising and 16 awards for editorial work from 2021 and 2022, including second place for Class D Newspaper of the Year (the Daily News took first place in this category for seven years prior) and second place statewide for Daily Newspaper Excellence in Advertising.

‘Politics is creeping into courts’

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Michigan Supreme Court chief justice shares thoughts on court politicization

When Bridget Mary McCormack joined the Michigan Supreme Court a decade ago, she sought to depoliticize the state’s seven-justice court of last resort.

However, as the chief justice now prepares to retire six years early from the bench by the end of this year, the Michigan Supreme Court remains colored by politics, as do many other state and federal courts.

GUEST VIEW: What is your local government trying to hide?

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For over a decade, lobbyists for local governments including Michigan Townships, Michigan Counties and the Michigan Municipal League have been on a mission to pull public notices out of newspapers and put them on municipal websites, which, at best are not heavily used, but often are shoddy or don’t exist.

Michigan newspapers hold Citizens Redistricting Commission accountable


The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and Bridge Magazine joined with the Michigan Press Association to file a complaint and brief against the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission with the Michigan Supreme Court this week.

The Daily News named state’s best small newspaper for 6th year in a row


The Daily News has been recognized as the best small daily newspaper in the state of Michigan for the sixth year in a row.

This week, the Michigan Press Association announced the Daily News was among the state’s Newspapers of the Year. The award for 2020 marks the sixth straight and the ninth time since 1983 that the Daily News has been named best in its class. The Daily News competes for awards with other daily newspapers in Class D with a circulation of fewer than 5,000.