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Member Name: m_illie
Date: 24/02/12, updated on 24/02/12 (42 review reads)
Advantages: Interesting, less focus on celeb. culture, brief but to the point
The Metro is a free daily newspaper available from Monday to Friday often outside of public transport such as Bus Garages/Stations, Train Stations and some news kiosks. People often say nothing in life is free but the Metro sure is and its a great quality little newspaper at that!
On my way to College everyday I pass thorough a bus station in between changes from one bus to another. When I am walking through the bus station, I always ensure that I pick up myself a copy of the Metro and see many others doing so also, it is after all, a very popular newspaper.
Often, it is something to pass the time reading on the bus or other public transport but I also find myself dipping into it when I arrive home and discussing certain articles with my friends and family. Unlike tabloids, there is no real focus on celebrities and products. Instead the focus of the Metro is genuine, interesting news, the likes of which this country hasn't seen for years. It is rare to open up a newspaper and not be overwhelmed by celeb news and gossip as well as irrelevant little tidbits that frankly you would never really care or think about provided the circumstances were different, and yet this is the likes of which our modern tabloid newspapers are made of.
Instead of this, the Metro consists of an array of different news stories from across all of Britain. It also has many different adverts spread across the pages but the majority is consumed by actual news stories which is something I really admire. I appreciate that it must be difficult to bring out a daily newspaper with interesting things to read about each day, and you might even suspect that some of the stories are not necessarily current or may even in fact be repeated. But the reality is that each story is carefully crafted and written very eloquently, something I miss in popular papers (with papers such as the Sun acting as the forefront of news with 7,772,000 readers readers according to one survey compared with the Metros 3,287,000).
Now, you may suspect that because the paper is free it is somehow lacking in some aspects. This is far from the truth and it astounds me that people would rather pay money, even if it is only a ridiculous amount like 20p according to some adverts I have seen to read a load of rubbish, instead of making the effort (if you can call it that, even) to pick up a FREE Metro and enjoy much more challenging and hard hitting news stories. My favourite part of the Metro in fact, is that it manages to balance seriousness and humour in a perfect equilibrium to the point where when you have read so much you start to believe the World can't possibly get any worse, you then read a short exert about a penguin with human emotions or something equally as ridiculous! Variety truly is the spice of life and you can definitely say that here!
The newspaper can be found in 14 urban centres and localised editions are produced for Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle and Sheffield.
According to what I have read the original premise of the paper was that it can be read in 20 minutes.
This does not mean however that it is lacks in information or interest. In fact the opposite is true. The Metro itself is divided into a number of sub-sections which are sure to please people of all ages and interests.
Metro World - brief news stories from across the globe.
Metro in Focus - a scientific review on a particular subject often involving explanation with diagrams.
Metro Talk - exerts from ordinary readers on topics they find meaningful with their name and location attached.
Metro 60 Seconds - an interview with a so called celebrity.
Metro Guilty Pleasures - The latest news from the celeb world as well as recent events in the entertainment industry.
Metro Life - the latest gadgets, games , skills, tv, going out, art and of course the token puzzle that accompanies most newspapers these days.
Metro Business - speaks for itself.
Metro Travel - news about local travel, the tubes etc.
Sports pages - a couple of pages dedicated to recent sports like football, cricket etc.
As you can probably tell from this very brief quick overview of the Metro, it is very indepth and packed full of interesting things to read. It is not uncommon for me to sit reading a copy of the metro and storing away interesting anecdotes I read for use in future conversations, as sometimes it is really that applicable and interesting.
As well as this, the Metro is not just limited to its paper version. It is also possible to get much the same news stories from www.metro.co.uk. There is also the inclusion of many more stories that are equally as entertaining and comprehensive.
The Metro is an excellent newspaper, loved at least by people I happen to know, and I hope many others. With such interesting, thought provoking and sometimes downright weird news stories it is hardly suprising that it achieves a daily readership of around 1 million readers, making it the UKs fourth largest daily newspaper after the Sun, the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror. It is definitely something worth reading as well as something I often miss if I happened to forget to grab myself a copy during my commute. The writers are all highly skilled, and interesting articles are consistently chosen daily for your reading pleasure.
Summary: A great newspaper that consistently impresses and entertains