Welcome to Flintside

This is Flintside.

Flintside is a new online news magazine about us, all of us. It’s about the city and the community that we know.  

Flintside will explore the people who are working to better our community, the entrepreneurs starting and growing businesses here, and the innovators and the problems-solvers who are catalysts for change.

Flintside is available online at www.flintside.com as well as a free, weekly email magazine. Sign up here. 

Operated by Issue Media Group, Flintside joins a family of publications across the state and nation. The Michigan-based company started 12 years ago by founding Model D in Detroit and went on to launch more than 20 similar online magazines as far west as Denver and as far south as Tampa. 

Issue Media Group was invited to explore the possibility of a Flint publication by several anchor organizations and, after working with community stakeholders for more than six months, launched its publication on March 13, 2017

Marjory Raymer is publisher and managing editor of Flintside. She brings 20 years of journalism experience to her position, including serving as editor of The Flint Journal. Most recently, Raymer served as head of marketing and media relations at the University of Michigan-Flint.

“I want the world to know the Flint that I love—the problem-solving, passion, people, investment and fun that fills this community," Raymer said. "Flintside is inspired by our rich history, but focused on our future. It's about what unites us today and what builds our tomorrows."

Flintside is funded through grants and sponsors underwriting coverage of topic areas, such as economic development, neighborhoods, health and transportation. Coverage of specific topic areas is supported, but Flintside unilaterally maintains editorial independence. Funders do not assign, approve or review content.

Joining Raymer as contributors to Flintside are veteran journalists:

• Mike Naddeo, a Grand Blanc native with extensive journalism and commercial photography and videography experience; 
• Jiquanda Johnson, a Beecher native and reporter with newspaper, magazine and television experience; 
• Jake Carah, a Flint native and University of Missouri graduate who has worked for seven years as a photographer, reporter and documentary filmmaker in Flint, Los Angeles, New York and North Carolina.
• Bruce Edwards, a fine art and documentary photographer who worked as a staff photographer at the Flint Journal for 30 years.  
• Scott Atkinson, editor of “Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology,” lecturer at UM-Flint, editor for Belt Magazine, and freelance reporter whose work has appeared in many local, state and national publications including the New York Times. 

Raymer is a board member for the Crim Fitness Foundation and volunteer coordinator for the “I’m Concerned About the Blueberries” random-acts-of-kindness campaign. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University. She and her husband, Eric, have two children, Javon, 7, and Evelina, 5.

To contact Flintside, email [email protected].
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