New Look, And More Than Just the Same Great Taste

Introducing some fresh recurring features in Metro Pulse

Along with our redesign, we’ve launched some new recurring features:

Knox Triage—This new section dissects Knoxville with a quick, weekly assessment of what’s going on around town via short and snappy columns. Police Blotter tracks the metro area’s sordid underworld of odd legal mishaps; Meet Your City details the top public meetings of the week that you might want to attend; Count on It analyzes Knox life by the numbers; Knoxville Googled checks in to see how the outside world views us; Web Poll Results examines the findings from one of our recent online polls at; and Street Talk introduces us to local characters. Plus, we’ll feature continuing photo series about Knoxville and its environs, which will change out every two or three months with new photographers; first up: local photographer Chad Pelton’s En Route series of curious signs. And we’ll also be featuring Elizabeth Bricquet’s incisive editorial cartoons about Knoxville issues.

Scene and Heard—Offering a segue between our newsy Citybeat section and our opinion columnists, this new department offers a bit of both with reported vignettes of interesting scenes. Not news stories in the traditional sense, these are slices of Knoxville life as recorded by our staff and other local writers. They are intended to give you a peek into places you might have missed and to let you hear from people you may not have met.

Comics—That’s right, we’re adding the radical new art form of comics to the magazine. Finally. For launch, we’ve assembled some nationally well known, self-syndicated strips like This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow and Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch. And we’re also featuring local artists, such as Jack Evans’ Weekly Cheese (yes, he really is in the seventh grade), Chris Echols’ Sharpish, and Travis Gray’s Mitos (sure, he’s also the art director—he really likes to multi-task). As we build this section up, we’ll be aiming to focus on local cartoonists, so send us your stuff for consideration. Also, in several weeks we’ll be printing an issue’s worth of ‘toons and asking readers vote on their favorites for inclusion.

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Comments » 2

AliB writes:

I certainly understand the size reduction, but it is now evident that Scripps has definitely taken over. :) The paper looks more and more like the Sentinel every week....especially with the numerous auto ads. Is seems that The Pulse is losing its "zing," the local creativity that has always made it unique. Unfortunately, it's not so alternative anymore.

tgray writes:

The Sentinel Press prints our paper and since they converted their presses to print the smaller paper size, we took it as the perfect opportunity to redesign the paper.

I've read only a few comments like this, thankfully, but I feel I must point out that if you don't like the re-design, it's because you don't like what *I* designed. I assure you, there was no manual of Scripps design to refer to, and no conspiracy to homogenize a lucrative alt-weekly into the weekly version of the news-sentinel. In fact, surprisingly, the *only* feedback I got from the higher ups after showing them the new design was "we trust you, do what you need to do."
And my background prior to starting this job in October is far from corporate, in case that's called into question.

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