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Welcome to Mahoning Matters

This is your new source for news and information for the Mahoning Valley. Our name reflects both what we'll cover and what we believe: The Mahoning Valley matters. Youngstown matters. Local news matters. 
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Mark Sweetwood

I’d like to personally welcome you to Mahoning Matters! 

This is your new source for news and information for the Mahoning Valley. Our name reflects both what we'll cover and what we believe: The Mahoning Valley matters. Youngstown matters. Local news matters. 

Why? Because it matters to you.

In the aftermath of the closing of the old Youngstown-owned Vindicator, McClatchy, a 162-year-old news company with 30 teams of reporters across the United States, chose this area to launch The Compass Experiment, a local news project co-founded with Google News Initiative’s Local Experiments Project.

As Mandy Jenkins, the general manager for the project has explained, the decision wasn’t taken lightly. She sought the advice of scores of community members in the area and had open forums at the libraries in Youngstown and Boardman.

So we’ve taken that advice and have been building Mahoning Matters. Our logo borrows from the beautiful Mill Creek Park Suspension Bridge. The staff includes myself, The Vindicator’s former managing editor, and two of its best reporters, Justin Dennis and Jess Hardin. Mark Eckert, who headed digital sales at the Vindy, is our business executive. And Jeremy Harper, who worked at both The Vindicator and the Warren Tribune-Chronicle, is our content manager.

We have stickers, billboards and even T-shirts. And now that we're publishing, we need you. We’re interested in your feedback on the types of stories you’d like to read and, just as importantly, we want your news.

Getting in touch with Mahoning Matters is simple: Just email us at news@mahoningmatters.com.

And, just like in the old Vindy days, I am still easy to find. My new email address is mark@mahoningmatters.com

This week we're off to a big start as we detail the plight of GM workers trying to maintain their homes here and in new communities they were sent to after the closing of the GM Lordstown plant. Yes, I said "closed." For me, "unallocated" was never a real thing. And now a lot of families are hurting. We also take a look at the businesses that have had mixed reviews from Mahoning County health inspectors and give the businesses a chance to rebut reports that detail some real and potential problems. Meanwhile, Justin was a big winner at the Boardman Optimist Club Chili Cook Off last week and he shares chili-making secrets.

And we're just getting warmed up. 

Speaking of warm, how about a cup of coffee? We'd like you to join us Friday at the main library in Youngstown at 305 Wick. Ave. from 9 to 11 a.m. We'll have free coffee, swag and a chance to sit down with the Mahoning Matters staff.

We can’t wait to hear from you and to continue to tell your stories — the stories that matter most!

UPDATE: This column was updated with a new time and location for the Friday coffee event.




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