The Metro Times
is the largest circulating weekly newspaper in the metro Detroit area. 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
The Detroit Free Press is the largest daily newspaper in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The Sunday edition is entitled the Sunday Free Press. It is sometimes informally referred to as the "Freep"...
and the Detroit News
, the Metro Times
has a liberal orientation. Average circulation for the Metro Times
is 89,496 weekly. Average readership is just over 700,000 weekly.
Its columnists include Larry Gabriel; journalism professor Jack Lessenberry; and authorized Alice Cooper
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and The Stooges
The Stooges are an American rock band from Ann Arbor, Michigan first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003...
biographer Jeffrey Morgan
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Its personals advertising are more widely read than those of the two dailies.
Every year, the Metro Times
has reader fiction and photography contests judged by famous local writers and photographers. Its annual "Best of Detroit" survey bestows local businesses with highly sought honors.
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
This Modern World is a weekly satirical comic strip by cartoonist and political commentator Tom Tomorrow that covers current events from a liberal point of view. Tomorrow also runs a weblog that informs readers about stories of interest, often presented as a follow up to his cartoons...
, Eric Monster Millikin
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and Red Meat
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. The Metro Times
also prints Dan Savage's Savage Love
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sex advice column (which replaced Isadora Duncan's Ask Isadora
sex advice column) and Rob Brezsny's
Rob Brezsny is an American astrologer, writer, poet, and musician. His weekly horoscope column Free Will Astrology , has been published for more than 28 years, runs in 120 periodicals, and can be subscribed to for free via email.- Career :Brezsny is the first well-known horoscope columnist...
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
Wordplay is a 2006 documentary film directed by Patrick Creadon. It features Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, crossword constructor Merl Reagle, and many other noted crossword solvers and constructors...
. 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.
Every year the Metro Times
is an official sponsor of the Detroit Festival of the Arts
The Detroit Festival of the Arts is a three day arts festival in Detroit, Michigan, held on the second weekend of June. First held in 1986, the Festival features free musical performances, art showings, activities for children and expensive food...
and has one of the stages named after it.