Readers of the free daily newspaper Metro, designed as a 20-minute commute read for “young and ambitious professionals,” may notice a little extra youth and ambition in today’s New York, Boston and Philadelphia print editions. That’s because some very special guests helped fashion the content.
Per a brief item in the Boston Globe, members of the band Vampire Weekend took time out from their touring efforts for an editorial meeting in NYC:
Metro features editor Pat Healy told us he met with Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio and Chris Tomson in New York to “brainstorm some topics” for the paper. Some, like Koenig’s idea to write about all of the fashion designers from the Bronx, didn’t fly. But others, like Batmanglij’s pitch to report on genetically modified food, did.
From SRO to GMO. Pretty cool, though in print or online, we need to warn band members that should they choose to stick with this new career direction, there will be a lot less groupies.
Although this is Metro‘s first official “associate editor” celebrity guest partnership, it’s not the first time the paper has enlisted the help of famous folks. “Richard Branson visited the New York office for a day and reviewed articles,” Healy tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “We had Lady Gaga in the London office.”
“The Vampire Weekend content will appear in our European editions when the band is on tour there,” he adds. “We’ll also have it in our Canadian editions. It’s part of our effort to get famous people to occasionally contribute more than just a straight interview.”
Metro publishes in more than 100 cities around the world. But NYC, Boston and Philadelphia are it as far as the U.S. is concerned. Full list of Vampire Weekend-curated stories here.