Inner cover of the February 1–7, 2006 Metro Times - The outer cover also has this image but with a Budweiser advertisement covering the lower right corner.
|Owner(s)||Euclid Media Group |
|Headquarters||1200 Woodward Heights Blvd
Ferndale, Michigan 48220
Supported entirely by advertising, it is distributed free of charge every Wednesday in newsstands in businesses and libraries around the city and suburbs. Compared to the two dailies, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News, the Metro Times has a liberal orientation. Average circulation for the Metro Times is 50,000 weekly. Average readership is just over 700,000 weekly.
Its columnists include Larry Gabriel and journalism professor Jack Lessenberry.
Its personals advertising are more widely read than those of the two dailies.
Its annual "Best of Detroit" survey bestows local businesses with highly sought honors. The categories include "Public Square" (city life); "Spend the Night" (nightlife and bars); "Nutritional Value" (restaurants and food); and "Real Deal" (retail and other stores).
The Metro Times considers itself "alternative media," often featuring news items ignored by the dailies. It also uses profanity not used by the dailies.
Syndicated alternative comics run by the Metro Times have in the past included such greats as Perry Bible Fellowship, This Modern World, Eric Monster Millikin and Red Meat. The Metro Times also prints Dan Savage's Savage Love sex advice column (which replaced Isadora Duncan's Ask Isadora sex advice column) and Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology. Starting with the January 19–25 issue, the Metro Times had its own exclusive crossword, crafted by Brooklyn-based cruciverbalist Ben Tausig, who appears in the documentary Wordplay. The crossword was cut in May 2008, to save space.
The Metro Times won 12 awards from the Michigan Press Association in 2006. The paper also won awards in 2005 and 2004.
In December 2012, Metro Times Editor W. Kim Heron announced his departure. Heron had previously been the paper's managing editor. In March 2013, after three months during which Michael Jackman was interim editor, the publisher named Bryan Gottlieb as Editor-in-Chief.
Every year the Metro Times is an official sponsor of the Detroit Festival of the Arts and has one of the stages named after it.
The headquarters are located in Ferndale. It was previously headquartered in the Detroit Cornice and Slate Company Building in Downtown Detroit. The Metro Times moved to the Cornice and Slate building in the 1990s and a wraparound expansion was installed there to give the newspaper additional room. In 2013 Blue Cross Blue Shield purchased the Cornice and Slate building, forcing the Metro Times to move. The Metro Times leased space in a facility in Ferndale.
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