Issue Media Group relaunches Upper Peninsula publication

Issue Media Group is delighted to announce the relaunch of its community-informed online digital publication in the Upper Peninsula. UPword will focus on innovation, talent, entrepreneurship, social innovation and community building, while showcasing UP-based talent.

Prior to the relaunch, the second wave of the Upper Peninsula ran from 2010 to 2018. The relaunch and rebranding of this publication comes at a time of growth and innovation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The web platform will be connected to Issue Media Group’s network of SecondWave media sites to reach large audiences in Michigan.

UPword will focus on and after for the upper peninsula. Each week, readers will discover stories, profiles, news and original photography showcasing innovative entrepreneurs, talented people, dedicated organizations and dedicated community builders.

To help inform coverage and foster connections, UPword will also host quarterly listening sessions from a cross-section of community leaders and organizers, entrepreneurs and artists, and public and private leaders. In addition, UPword identify and nurture innovative people driving impactful work to support talent retention and attraction efforts.

“Economic and community development organizations across the Upper Peninsula are truly excited about partnering with IMG and finally having a critically important regional platform to give a cohesive and constructive voice to the virtue of living, working and do business in UP,” says Marty Fittante, CEO of InvestUP.

“Leaders across the Upper Peninsula, especially those in the private sector, have long sought the need for a positive, respected and sustainable environment. way to share our unique story of why UP is so special and working to attract the next generation of talent to the region. I believe that this partnership between local economic development and workforce development organizations, higher education and IMG is just that platform.

“Issue Media Group is thrilled to launch this effort and welcome the Upper Peninsula to our growing media network,” said Brian Boyle, CEO of Issue Media Group. “There is a real transformation and talent-led energy shaping the future of UP, we look forward to documenting this story and sharing it locally and nationally.

Issue Media Group is honored to produce UPword with a coalition of partners including: Invest UP, Operation Action UP, Lake Superior Community Partnership, Northern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, Enbridge, Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance, FHL Bank (Indianapolis), Michigan Works! and MyMichigan Health.

About Issue Media Group
Incorporated in 2005 in Detroit, Michigan, IMG operates a national online media network leveraging the power of solutions-based journalism to report on community change. Our publications aim to connect readers to the most visionary and innovative people, projects, businesses and organizations in their communities – fostering civic capacity, improving understanding of key issues, amplifying underserved voices and strengthening attachment. community during a period of local media decline.

We work with like-minded stakeholders in public, private, nonprofit, and grassroots organizations whose values ​​and missions align with ours through a subscription publishing model. 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.

Jacob L. Thornton