Nothing brings Detroit together quite like the America's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In that spirit, we're launching a new text-message-based conversation about local issues and stories driven by your thoughts.
Here's how it works. Text 'PARADE' to 313-395-1255 (standard messaging rates apply) and we'll send you a message back with the question: What brings us together as Detroiters? Text us your answer and we'll consider it for use on air during parade coverage on Thursday. We may also use your answer as a news tip for a future story, or generally to guide overall coverage decisions. Your answers determine how this all goes.
Here's a response we received from Patrick Mullins in Canton:
"I’m a born and raised Detroiter. We have been considered underdogs the last 40 years, but I am proud of Detroit and the comeback we are currently experiencing."
We followed up by asking: What's one story we should tell to bridge a divide in our community?
Patrick answered: "Continue to fight crime, most people in Detroit want what we all want-a safe place to live."
We're calling the new feature Speakeasy, and we hope the parade becomes the first of several text conversations we have in the coming year. Try us out! It's easy to quit -- you just text 'Stop' and you're automatically unsubscribed.
And if you send in an answer, that opens a channel of communication with WDIV and ClickOnDetroit. You can keep texting us thoughts, ideas or tips right through that number. It's like your own direct line to the newsroom.
Questions about Speakeasy? Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org