About Epicenter



ABOUT EPICENTER

Epicenter tells the story of an evolving Mount Pleasant and Isabella County. In each publication, we chronicle the investment, innovation, and development of unique assets that are attracting new talent to the region and shaping the county’s future through the work of local and regional writers, journalists, and photographers.

Epicenter is a weekly publication and email newsletter featuring stories about bold startups, emerging places, catalytic talent, transformative projects, and ideas across the region. The publication joins Issue Media Group’s growing network of partner cities in its statewide Second Wave publication, which is focused on growth and innovation across Michigan.

The publication accepts story ideas from anyone in the community who wants to share about a local person, project, or business making a difference. For story suggestions, contact editor@epicentermtpleasant.com. 

MEET OUR PARTNERS

Epicenter is brought to you by an Isabella County Coalition Partnership. Our sponsors include the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, Isabella Bank, Dow, Central Michigan University, Mid Michigan College, MidMichigan Health, Charter Township of Union, Middle Michigan Development Corporation, and the City of Mt. Pleasant. 

 

ABOUT ISSUE MEDIA GROUP

Epicenter is published by Issue Media Group (IMG).  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.




Michigan Assets 
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 Mount Pleasant, UPword 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. Current Michigan assets include over 120 community partners, 80 journalists, 4.6 million annual readers, 280,000 emails, and 213,000 social media followers.

Second Wave (statewide):  www.secondwavemedia.