Welcome to 2020!
That’s a bit of a belated welcome as January is half over, but these continue to be busy times at Mahoning Matters.
I’ve been a bit focused on the Morning Matters newsletter — thanks for all of the kind comments — and today I want to assure you we’ve got even bigger plans for the new year.
Frankly, it’s stunning when I consider that Mahoning Matters is really only three months old. And as we look ahead, this much is clear: You want more from us, we have much to do and we need more writers.
Augmenting our great team — Justin Dennis, Jess Hardin and Jeremy Harper — have been Vindicator ex-pat freelancers including veteran writer Tom Williams and expert photographers Bill Lewis and Bob Yosay, as well as Jambar journalist Alyssa Weston. Truly, we are fortunate to be able to feature the work of such an amazing array of talent.
And later this year we’ll be adding a third full-time reporter, thanks to support from Report for America.
All that said, we need even more freelance writers to work more frequently on a contract basis. The assignments will range from weekly features to the occasional meeting or event. To keep up with our team, you are going to need to have some writing/journalism experience, be deadline-oriented and have a phone that you can turn sideways for a picture as needed. We also are on the hunt for columns about the places you live, the people you’ve met and the issues that burn brightest for you. These could be recurring columns or one-time efforts.
And if you are a history buff, do I have a project for you …
It’s fun, rewarding work and our per-piece pay is absolutely competitive. If you are interested, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, thanks for all of the support. Mahoning Matters exists to tell the stories, dig into the alternative angles and find ways to better connect people of the Valley with what matters most to their lives. Your kind words, criticism, questions, ideas and comments make us better.
On to a great 2020!