Epicenter Mt. Pleasant
is a digital news magazine, and Mt. Pleasant institution, focused on the dynamic communities, businesses, and residents of Mount Pleasant, Michigan. We cover stories about bold startups, emerging places, catalytic talent, transformative projects, and ideas across the region, and are part of the Issue Media Group
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Meet the Epicenter Mt. Pleasant team, and contact us here:
Courtney Jerome, managing editor
With over 15 years of professional media experience, Courtney Jerome has found a passion for storytelling and showcasing our region in a positive light. She's written stories for television broadcasts, numerous magazines, and digital publications. In addition, she owns a boutique creative marketing agency that focuses on social media, photo, and video storytelling for small businesses across Michigan and the country — courtneyjeromemedia.com
. Contact Courtney, the managing editor of Epicenter, at email@example.com
Angela Schmittler, assistant editor and social media manager
Sarah R. Adams
Epicenter Mt. Pleasant
is published by Issue Media Group
. Incorporated in 2005 in Detroit, Michigan, IMG operates a national network of online media outlets leveraging the power of solutions-based journalism to report on community change. Our publications aim to connect readers to their communities’ most visionary and innovative people, projects, businesses, and organizations – fostering civic capacity, improving understanding of key issues, amplifying underserved voices, and building community attachment during a time of local media decline.
We work with like-minded stakeholders across public, private, nonprofit, and grassroots organizations whose values and missions align with ours through an underwriting model of publishing. Our journalists connect with community stakeholders through regular listening sessions designed to build trust and shape authentic community stories.
IMG's work has been recognized and supported by leading journalism organizations nationally including INC Magazine, Knight Foundation, Columbia Journalism Review, Facebook, Lenfest Institute, Google, Solutions Journalism Network, Ground Source, and Society for Professional Journalists.
Issue Media Group’s Michigan footprint of 18 local online community news sites is grounded in cross-sector stakeholder coalitions comprised of leadership in foundations, nonprofits, government and municipalities, education, community and economic development, health, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Through regular community listening sessions, these leadership coalitions help guide relevant community-informed coverage, increase local audience engagement and ensure influential readership networks.
All Michigan content is published through a growing network of sites that include: Detroit’s Model D
, Grand Rapids Rapid Growth
, Metro Detroit’s Metromode
, Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti’s Concentrate
, Kalamazoo / Battle Creek’s Second Wave Southwest
, Flint’s Flintside
, Port Huron’s The Keel
, Catalyst Midland
, Route Bay City
, Epicenter Mt. Pleasant
in the Upper Peninsula, and Rural Innovation Exchange
covering Michigan's rural community. Every week, Second Wave is published to a statewide audience featuring a listing of top stories from across IMG’s network of sites.
How to pitch us freelance stories:
Epicenter Mt. Pleasant receives valuable contributions from a network of talented freelance writers, photographers, and videographers. We encourage anyone interested in contributing articles, personal essays, photos, videos, social media projects, or any other creative method of storytelling on a topic related to Mt. Pleasant, to email firstname.lastname@example.org
with a pitch describing the story you want told and why you think our audience will be interested.