Belt Magazine: Exploring stories and issues from the Rust Belt
Dave Hoekstra talks with Martha Bayne, editor in-chief of Belt Magazine, an independent, long form outlet of journalism for the Rust Belt cities, covering stories from the underbelly of the Great Lakes that otherwise wouldn’t be told. She talks about the magazine’s effort to show that there is more to these communities than closing auto plants and steel mills.
Also joining the conversation is Scott Atkinson, editor of Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology, the latest in a series of Belt-published looks into the lives inside one particular city. Atkinson details first uncovering his love for the city of Flint, MI, and the strange draw of the troubled town; he also talks about finding a young college student who contributed two impressive essays to the book, coming across a relentlessly upbeat pastor following the Flint water crisis, and more.