So it wasn’t a story we could just ignore.
As an alternative paper, one of the questions we always ask ourselves is:
What can we do that’s different? Sometimes the answer to that is doing a story others won’t touch. Sometimes it is doing a story in a way others won’t. Long-form narrative journalism has long been one of the hallmarks of the alternative press.
And sometimes it means stepping way outside the box and coming up with something like you see in this week’s paper, with us turning Detroit’s disgraced mayor into a comic book character as a way of recounting his rise and fall. We knew it would be provocative, and that there would almost certainly be some who would take offense to that treatment. But being milquetoast has never been part of our mission here. Stirring things up is part of what makes our jobs here worth doing.
Above all, we strive to keep things interesting. Which means that we are going to generate strong reactions. And we want to hear what you think. With our new Web site, you can let us — and everyone else — know by clicking on “comment” at the end of the story. You can also email a letter to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you prefer real human interaction, you can give me a call at 313-202-8004.
Like us or hate us, my bottom-line response is always this:
Thanks for reading. —Curt Guyette, news editor