About Flintside

The city of Flint was — and is — integral to the development of the United States as we know it. Some of the most influential inventors, leaders, artists, educators, athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and thinkers were born right here in Flint. That spirit of creativity truly exists and continues to expand to this day.


Our job at Flintside is to authentically tell those stories — to center the people who embody the talent, hustle, culture, and resilience that make Flint one of the strongest, closest-knit, and enduring communities anywhere. We specialize in neighborhood-level journalism — stories told by Flint people about Flint people.

Flintside’s ambitious role is to tell the unending supply of stories about the inspirational people here who make our neighborhoods better, our business community prosperous, our education institutions thrive, and our city shine.
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Flintside is an award-winning weekly online news magazine published by Issue Media Group. Our first issue was published on March 3, 2017. Our news coverage is supported by generous community partners, who underwrite coverage of topic areas that include business and entrepreneurship, education, neighborhoods, public health, arts and culture, and recreation.
Our current funders are: The Ruth Mott Foundation; The Community Foundation of Greater Flint; 100K Ideas, Hamilton Community Health Network; Genesee County Parks; The United Way of Genesee County; Genesee Intermediate School District; the Flint Institute of Arts, and the Flint & Genesee Group.
Underwriters help support our mission, but do not influence coverage — our staff maintains editorial independence. If you are a potential funder or partner interested in supporting our work and mission, please email [email protected].




Tia Scott is the managing editor of Flintside. She also blogs about her own personal account of Hip Hop and Flint culture. Her work has been published in several online publications, including her own music platform, The Dope Show. She is a Flint native and resident who lives with her daughter and trusty MacBook. Follow Tia on TwitterInstagramYouTube, or her websiteEmail Tia.

Current Contributing Writers: Jenifer VelosoSarah SpohnBrianna NargisoMiriam Bingham, Dr. Ladel LewisQiana Towns, Edna Sabucco, Katy Kildee, Sarah Markstrom, Sherrema A. Oom-Dove, Megan Speaks

Current Contributing Photographers: Jenifer Veloso, Bryce Mata, Moniruj Dhrubo, Makai Conner, Ray Gray

Founding Editor: Marjory Raymer


Emeritus Editors: Xandr Brown, Patrick Hayes


How to Pitch us Freelance Stories


Flintside 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 the city of Flint to email [email protected] with a pitch describing the story you want to tell, how you plan to tell it, and why you think our audience will be interested. If you are looking for examples of the types of stories we run, below are some pieces we’ve loved.


Flintside’s editorial team won six awards in the 2020 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Individual awards are listed below.
  • Best Editorial: Xandr Brown, third place, “Say its name
Flintside’s editorial team won nine awards in the 2019 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Individual awards are listed below.