Who we are
Postindustrial is an independent, journalism-first, multimedia outlet covering regions once highly industrialized and efforts to reimagine them for a new era.
Some Postindustrial communities are succeeding in this era of reinvention and bold, new ideas. Others are struggling, which contributes to deepening socioeconomic disparity that has become endemic in the United States and around the world.
Postindustrial was founded with a focus on America’s Rust Belt and Appalachia, better known as “Postindustrial America.” It is a region which made products that changed the world, and drew millions of people as manufacturing anchored communities.
Today, Postindustrial reaches audiences throughout the U.S. The company expanded its purview to also include coverage and columns from Ukraine, Afghanistan, and other nations facing challenges around global issues such as war, human rights, and deindustrialization.
The stories we tell
Key areas of our coverage beyond news include but are not limited to: Postindustrial Cities, Future of Work, Wellness, Sustainability, Veterans, Voices, Arts & Culture, and travel.
We also promote conversations about the challenges and opportunities inherent to creating and maintaining a fulfilling and sustainable future.
Our motto: Better Community, better self.
You can support our work for just $5 a month!
Where we tell them
Digital edition – A roundup of stories and headlines from Postindustrial America, delivered to your inbox on weekdays and Sundays.
Magazine – In-depth stories with beautiful visuals. Published quarterly.
Podcasts — Podcasts featuring newsmakers around the world. Postindustrial Audio also produces podcasts for organizations and individuals seeking to bring stories to a listening audience. Listen to our podcasts.
Events — Public and private events to promote conversations about moving Postindustrial Communities forward.
Video — We bring compelling people, places, and conversations to life with short films.
Founder and Editor-at-Large
CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Digital media consultant
He had served as program director and assistant professor of communication at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. A former police and government reporter, Letrell is an emerging scholar who specializes in issues related to diversity and inclusion in news, and community journalism.
Over the past decade, he provided citizen journalism training to high school students and community members in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and central Pennsylvania. He serves as an editor and co-researcher for the Germantown Info Hub, a collaboration with Temple University designed to provide better news coverage of the city’s Germantown neighborhood.
His scholarship on the field of journalism has appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, Neiman Reports and Journalism Practice. One article he co-authored was named as one of seven studies to know on race and the newsroom by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University.
Letrell’s work has earned him fellowships with both the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and the Media and Inequality Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the National Association of Black
Journalists, and served as a board member Pittsburgh Black Media Federation.
Letrell Deshan Crittenden