Today, Mahoning Matters marks its six-month anniversary.
In one way, that seems impossible. In another way, the past six months have been an era of intense news gathering and audience discovery. And so many of you have been with us every step of the way.
Our team — that includes Justin Dennis, Jess Hardin and Jeremy Harper — is truly grateful for the trust you have placed on our efforts. As you know, we’re a man down, as we lost our beloved Business Executive Mark Eckert to complications of COVID-19. Mark was essential to getting us where we are today and we’ll always honor his friendship and contributions.
Let’s face it, from October to April, all of our lives have changed dramatically in ways none of us could have ever imagined. Everyone has had to adapt, and our news coverage has evolved to meet the new challenges.
Our morning newsletter, Morning Matters, is intensely focused on providing up-to-date news and information to help you start your day and to continue to understand and navigate the local impacts of life and the COVID-19 pandemic. Our afternoon newsletter keeps you apprised of developments during the day.
We have introduced a new section on Mahoning Matters, “Coronavirus in the Valley,” dedicated to up-to-date data, as well as a resource guide for information on closures, cancellations, resources and more. Our entire team is working harder than ever to bring you exclusive reports from the Valley’s first responders and practical advice from local health experts.
We launched six months ago with this mission: “To tell the stories that matter in Mahoning County and empower citizens to engage in their community with a focus on solutions.” Today, we are introducing a way for our readers to support this ongoing Mahoning Matters mission.
We know not everyone can afford to invest in local journalism at this time, and we salute those businesses in our community that have helped us bring you exclusive local reporting in our first six months. We are asking anyone who reads us regularly and who values our coverage to consider supporting us with a monthly or one-time contribution.
It’s important to note that all contributions stay in this community, and you can change or cancel your payments at any time. We pledge that our coverage will remain free without paywalls or restricted content.
If you are able, please consider a contribution to help us continue our mission to provide critical information to everyone in the Valley.
And thank all of you for reading, sharing, sending us your news and giving us vital feedback. We’re so grateful for your support.
Here's to another six months — and beyond!
For more on our milestone, Mahoning Matters Publisher Mandy Jenkins writes on Medium.com, "This is simultaneously a terrible and inspiring time to be working in local news."