Postindustrial is an independent, journalism-first multimedia outlet that’s redefining the region on our own terms, not those handed down to us by previous generations and the national media.
Our work reflects the history, legacy, and culture of one of the most important regions in America. We show where those regions are going — in the spirit of reinvention and renewal so emblematic of Postindustrial America.
Our area includes Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and parts of New York, Maryland, and North Carolina.
The stories we tell
Our mission is to shed light on the changing face of Postindustrial America, how we got where we are, and where we are going. We promote conversations about the challenges and opportunities inherent to the sustainable future of Postindustrial communities. We also highlight innovative ideas and the people behind them.
Through these conversations, we look to give voice to people who have lost their own.
We tell these stories through words, images, audio, video, and events.
Our motto: Better community, better self.
We are people, culture, and ideas forging a new Postindustrial America.
Where we tell them
Digital edition – A roundup of stories and headlines from Postindustrial America, delivered to your inbox on weekdays and on Sundays.
Magazine – In-depth stories with beautiful visuals. Published quarterly.
Podcasts — Podcasts featuring newsmakers throughout the region. Postindustrial Audio also produces podcasts for organizations and individuals seeking to bring stories to a listening audience. Listen to our podcasts.
Events — Want to learn how to produce your own podcast? We can show you! Plus events to promote conversations about moving Postindustrial communities forward.
Video —Bringing people, places, and conversations to life with short documentaries.
Founder and Editor-at-Large
CEO & Editor-in-Chief
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