at November 26, 2002 01:49 PM

It's all pretty insipid so far, alas. Most of both are from the wires, and the homegrown copy is "worth talking about" only in the sense of "worth talking about how bad it is." But it's early. Besides, they're not trying to be the NYFT, just something to pick up for a ten-minute train ride. The Metro may be junk, after all, but somebody is reading it.

Posted by: Young Luke at November 26, 2002 02:09 PM

I'm one of the movie reviewers at the Toronto Metro that Marc said such nice things about, and I also happen to be the paper's photo editor, and I'm writing this from my desk on the evening shift, where we're putting out Wednesday's paper as I type.

And yes, we follow the Metro model of wire stories and the odd column, but unlike many of the Metros - and due largely to the unusual story of the paper's birth/merger history - we use freelancers and have a full-time writer on staff, so we produce a bit more original copy.

I don't know what to tell you. No, we're not the Times of London, but we've definitely captured a readership, based on steadily rising circulation figures, and the fact that we were the Metro that became profitable the fastest. Yes, being free is part of it, but so is delivering news in a format readers - public transit readers, natch - seem to want. Contrast our rise in circulation with the deep drop in circulation of the Sun, the city's "workingman's" tabloid (with Tory editorial policy, of course.)

The Sun used to be the paper you found on subway and bus seats and in your booth at the greasy spoon. Now it's Metro. You can make a generalization about "the ever-declining level of public taste" if you want, and you'd be A) wrong - Metro is actually a bit more literate than the tabloid, and not particularly more concise, and B)a big effing snob.

Posted by: rick mcginnis at November 26, 2002 03:56 PM

... and I *was* being a snob in calling it "loserish" ... :)

Posted by: marc weisblott at November 26, 2002 04:55 PM
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