The Detroit Street Press is a news website. We focus on a variety of topics ranging from politics, science, arts and sports. Sometimes we are funny, sometimes we are informative and sometimes we are angry. We existed originally because there were a few friends and family members who were very interested in hearing about what any particular author was knowledgeable about. Today, our base has grown beyond our friends and family to people visiting from over 60 countries. Interestingly, there were twice as many visitors from Argentina than from Russia, and twice as many visitors from Brazil as from Argentina. Why this is… we have no idea. I suppose it’s because we’re kind of a big deal.
Most of our visitors come from either the United States or from Canada (the #1 spot switches back and fourth between the two). This probably has to do with the fact that most of our writers are based in either of those two countries, although for a time being there were writers in Georgia, Ireland and the UK.
We are not a partisan organization, nor or we a charitable organization. This allows us to condone and condemn whatever political entity is being discussed simultaneously. This also allows us to promote and scrutinise any charitable organization. We aren’t exactly a non-profit company, but we have no mechanism to generate revenue at this time. We’re a $0 profit organization, if that makes any sense, and for us at this time, it works. None of the contributors are paid. We write because we love to write, and have (quasi) intelligent conversations. Our current catch phrase says it well for us so far. We’re properly explaining the world, just not always in the most appropriate way.
Q: Why is your site called the Detroit Street Press?
A: An author was living on 384 Detroit St, Windsor, Ontario when he started International Relations in university. He lived on Detroit St, so he thought it would be cool of there was a newspaper called “Detroit St. Press” for all of the articles that he was living while on that street.
Q: Are you based in Detroit, Michigan?
A: No. We aren’t based in the city of Detroit. We are not a Detroit News site. The name is derived from the street that the author used to live on, not the city.
Q: Wait… isn’t Windsor, Ontario directly across from Detroit Michigan? And isn’t Detroit Street IN Windsor, Ontario?
A: Yes, Windsor and Detroit are border towns, the busiest border crossing in North America is between these two cities (more trade goes over the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor-Detroit than between the whole of the United States and Japan
Q: Are you based in Windsor, Ontario then?
A: There is currently one contributor from Windsor, but it isn’t a founder. Windsor played an important role in the creation of this site, but it is not based out of that city.
Q: Isn’t that both confusing and coincidental? That the news site is named after Detroit Street, not Detroit, but that actual street is physically… 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the actual city of Detroit itself?
A: Yes, it is, but we’re over it. Let’s move on.
Q: What do you prefer? Detroit Street Press or DSP?
A: Either is fine. DSP is more fun to say and as you can see, less confusing
Q: How do I become a guest contributor for DSP?
A. You can write to us at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Q: What kind of people are you looking for to become contributors?
A: People who can bring something to this website that none of us can. Someone with a passion in a certain field, who has excellent writing skills and is interested in continuing their research in a specific area.
Q: What is the goal of DSP?
A: Right now, to continue to provide excellent and interesting writing to our growing community of readers at no charge and with no advertisements.
Q: Who are you writing for?
A: Each article might have a different target audience, depending on who wrote the article, where they live and what the article is about. Although we have most of our readers from Canada and the USA, we are not focused specifically on one region of the world.