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Issue Media Group honored by the Michigan Municipal League

The Michigan Municipal League honored Issue Media Group's network of online publications with a Special Award of Merit during the League's Annual Convention on Oct. 16 in Marquette.

IMG is a Detroit-based media company that publishes online magazines about growth, investment, and the people leading communities in the new economy in 21 regions across the U.S. and Canada. In Michigan, IMG has publications in Detroit (Model D); Metro Detroit (Metromode); the Ann Arbor area (Concentrate); the Lansing area (Capital Gains), Grand Rapids (Rapid Growth); and Mid-Michigan, Southwest Michigan, Northwest Michigan and the Upper Peninsula (Second Wave).

IMG publishers, editors and reporters are also frequent co-hosts on the Michigan Municipal League's Prosperity Agenda radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR.

"If you ever hear someone say there’s nothing positive happening in Michigan, then be sure to direct them to any of the IMG media websites because reporting on the good things taking place in our state is what they do,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin.

Each year, the Michigan Municipal League recognizes and honors a select few individuals with Special Awards of Merit for outstanding contributions to Michigan communities. The merit awards are given out during the League’s annual Convention. 

For more information, visit mml.org.

High Ground News launches in Memphis, Tenn.

Issue Media Group has launched a new publication, High Ground News, in Memphis, TN.

High Ground is a weekly digital magazine and website focused on what's next for the city of Memphis. The stories connect readers to the city's most visionary and active people, businesses and organizations who are making changes and solving problems. From big corporate growth to small neighborhood movements, High Ground highlights the development and innovation that is propelling Memphis forward. Focus areas include economic and neighborhood development, healthy communities, entrepreneurship, non-pro?ts, sustainability, leadership, technology and innovation.

Features in the inaugural issue include a look at what smart cities can learn from Memphis, a conversation with Memphis City Beautiful Commission Executive Director Eldra White, a letter from our editor, and more.

Anna Mullins, a local writer, editor and non-profit administrator, is the Managing Editor of the publication. After receiving her MFA from the University of Memphis, she worked as Editorial Director of Niche Publications for E.W. Scripps where she edited and helped launch a number of titles. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Cotton Museum in downtown Memphis. 

Richard J. Alley is High Ground’s Development News Editor. A freelance writer since 2008, Richard’s work has appeared in The Memphis Daily News, Memphis Magazine, Oxford American, The Memphis Flyer, River Times Magazine, Rhodes Magazine, The Commercial Appeal, and MBQ magazine among others, and in syndication through the Associated Press and Scripps Howard News Service. 

Erinn Figg is the Innovation and Jobs News Editor of the publication. She is a Memphis-based freelance writer with 11 years of experience as a beat journalist, columnist, editor and freelance writer for a variety of publications. Erinn is also an award-winning PR professional who has worked with local firms archer>malmo and Obsidian Public Relations.

Learn more and sign up for weekly emails at highgroundnews.com.

Model D launches "On The Ground" neighborhood media project in Detroit

The online weekly news magazine Model D (modeldmedia.com), in partnership with the Skillman Foundation (skillman.org), is pleased to announce the launch of On The Ground, a pilot media project to spotlight innovations and transformations that are improving life for children in Detroit neighborhoods.
 
Modeled after a Philadelphia program led by Model D's sister publication, Flying Kite, On The Ground aims to dive deep into changing neighborhoods, uncovering the people, projects and places moving Detroit communities forward.
 
Partnering with two community organizations -- Osborn Neighborhood Alliance and Brightmoor Alliance -- Model D will set-up temporary media hubs for a period of 90 days, focusing weekly coverage on each neighborhood, in addition to its regular coverage of the city at-large.
 
The project begins in Osborn (NE Detroit) in July 2013, and moves to Brightmoor (NW Detroit) in the fall. The Skillman Foundation focuses its work to improve life for Detroit's children in six neighborhoods, including Osborn and Brightmoor.
 
"We're excited to show our readers that innovation is happening in all corners of the city, and invite them to learn and engage," says Brian Boyle, co-CEO of Issue Media Group, parent company of Model D, which has been reporting on micro-investment and growth in Detroit neighborhoods since 2005. 
 
The On The Ground team is led by Claire Nelson, publisher of Model D and Urban Innovation Exchange (UIXDetroit.com) and project editor, Matthew Lewis, who has covered Osborn and Brightmoor for Model D's "Detroit by District" series. Editorial coverage will be informed by an advisory group of community and youth leaders, with contributions from local writers.
 
"This project will bring greater exposure to Osborn, showing a different side of the neighborhood that people need to see and hear about," says Quincy Jones, executive director of the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance. "There is a perception that there is no action or organization, that people don't care. Not true. This is an opportunity to introduce community leaders people might not know."
 
On The Ground is supported by a $50,000 grant from the Skillman Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation established in 1960 by Rose Skillman. Its mission is to move the needle on meaningful graduation rates in Detroit, so kids are prepared for college, careers, and life. 
 
On The Ground officially kicked-off on Thursday, July 11, 6-8 p.m. with an Osborn community launch meeting at the Detroit Public Library Franklin Branch, 13651 E. McNichols (at Gratiot), Detroit, MI 48205.
 
From July through September, the media hub will be hosted by the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance inside The Matrix Center, at 13560 McNichols.
 
To follow the series, subscribe to Model D's free weekly newsletter, published every Tuesday, at www.modeldmedia.com and follow Model D on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. You can follow the Skillman Foundation at www.skillman.org, on Facebook, on Twitter @skillmanfound, and on Instagram/skillmanfoundation.

Second Wave photographer wins Viewer's Choice award from Smithsonian Mag

Shawn Malone, managing photographer for UP Michigan Second Wave, has won a Viewer's Choice award from Smithsonian magazine for her time-lapse video of the stars over Michigan's "North Country."

Writes Smithsonian: 

We wanted to give our readers the chance to vote for their favorite video and with over 3,000 votes, the winner was clear. Photographer Shawn Malone's timelapse video of the night sky over Michigan's Upper Peninsula captivated our audience’s attention more than any other video. The timelapse consists of over 10,000 photos and took an entire year to shoot. Thanks to a lot of coffee and persistence, Malone captured 33 vistas over the UP's night sky that she hopes will still be visible for future generations.
 
Read more here or watch the video below: 

 

Elevation DC launches in nation's capital

Issue Media Group has launched its newest publication, Elevation DC, in Washington, D.C.
 
Elevation DC is a weekly magazine that covers the innovators, job creators and disruptors who are making their mark on D.C. Features in the inaugural issue include a look at a real estate firm that is using pop-up events to enliven empty spaces and a conversation with the anonymous blogger behind Unsuck DC Metro.
 
Rachel Kaufman, a technology, business and science journalist, edits the publication. Kaufman has written for Inc., CNN Money, National Geographic News and helped launch a jobs blog for Mediabistro.com. She lives in the Brookland neigbhorhood of Washington.
 
Luis Velarde writes about real estate and urban development as Development News Editor. His work has appeared in the BBC World Service and the Voice of America, among other news outlets. Cincinnati native Allyson Jacob, who has written for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati CityBeat, edits the Innovation and Jobs News section.

Learn more and sign up for weekly emails at elevationdcmedia.com.

HuffPost Detroit: UIX profiles Detroiters making a difference

Huffington Post Detroit highlights the work of the Urban Innovation Exchange and shares more than a dozen videos featuring Detroit'ts urban innovators, created as part of the UIX project.

Writes HuffPost Detroit Associate Editor Kate Abbey-Lambertz: 

The Urban Innovation Exchange was launched earlier this year by the Michigan-based Issue Media Group and a host of media and community partners to highlight the work of individual social innovators. A partner of The Huffington Post, the UIX site creates a network of people whose projects range from from teaching fencing to under-privileged youth to providing self-employment opportunities to the homeless.
 
By sharing the stories of those who are turning their ideas into reality, they hope to inspire others to do the same. What you won't see on the site is a rote formula for community development; instead, the experiences and advice of others and compendium of resources offer many roadmaps for building future projects.
 
"Detroit's transformation will not result from one or two significant events but from literally thousands of small-scale efforts," said Issue Media Group co-founder Brian Boyle when the site launched in March.
Read the full story here.

IMG launches Confluence in Denver, CO

Issue Media Group has launched Confluence, a new weekly publication about the people, ideas and innovators that are making Denver, CO a world-class creative city. With a focus on entrepreneurship, startups, placemaking and arts and culture, Confluence strives to highlight Denver's game changers. Its first issue was published Nov. 14, 2012.

Major partners include the Downtown Denver Partnership, Bonfils-Stanton, the Denver Theatre District, and several educational institutions. 

Tamara Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership, hopes the site will help make Denver more attractive to young, creative talent, reports the Denver Business Journal.

"It will certainly be a battle for the best and brightest employees, and it will be a battle, too, to attract residents into the city," says Door. "We believe it’s the key to economies of the future."

"People think of Denver as a great city with mountains," said IMG co-founder and co-CEO Brian Boyle, a former Denver resident. "But people don't know about its urban spaces. Denver's really misunderstood in that respect."

Confluence will cover small-scale changes and projects that add create a picture of Denver's vibrance and growth. 

Confluence is led by managing editor Ivy Hughes, a Colorado native whose works has appeared in Entrepreneur, Success, Next American City, the Boston Globe and the Northern Colorado Business Report. She's joined by managing photographer Kara Pearson Gwinn, innovation and job news editor Eric Peterson, and development news editor Margaret Jackson.   

Confluence is the twentieth publication in Issue Media Group's national portfolio. Learn more about our other publications here

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, IMG launch Michigan Nightlight

Issue Media Group, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have launched Michigan Nightlight, an online source of solutions, news, and inspiration for those who are working to positively impact the lives of Michigan children.

The publication aims to spotlight successes in improving outcomes for vulnerable children. Michigan Nightlight also will share the visions and viewpoints of the state's most effective nonprofit leaders.

"Michigan Nightlight profiles area programs and leaders; encouraging readers to ponder change, take action, make a connection, question a norm, learn from fellow professionals, or applaud the good work being done in our state," said Paul Schutt, publisher and co-founder, Issue Media Group.
 
The Michigan Nightlight will shine a light on some very impressive, necessary and innovative work. Through this publication, both the Kellogg Foundation and Issue Media Group hope to bring attention to the needs of Michigan's children and share solutions that Michigan communities are cultivating.
 
"At the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, we are guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive," said Sterling Speirn, president and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation. "Issue Media Group has developed a robust online resource for those working on behalf of children, which brings information about people, programs and bright spots together in one place."
 
For more information, visit MichiganNightlight.com

As reported by Matt Roush at CBSDetroit.com.
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