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Mahoning Matters is a civic-minded community news source for the city of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. We were founded in October 2019 with the mission to tell the stories that matter in Mahoning County and empower citizens to engage in their community with a focus on solutions.

Our original reporting is issues-based and centered around solutions over merely highlighting problems. We will endeavor to explain the hows and whys of the Mahoning Valley. While we will routinely focus on issues in the key population centers of Youngstown, Boardman, Austintown, Poland and Canfield, we will cover important issues that are unique to Mahoning County no matter whom they affect. 

Mahoning Matters is a part of The Compass Experiment, an initiative co-founded by McClatchy and Google to explore sustainable business models for local news. Mahoning Matters was founded with startup funding from Google as part of its Local Experiments Project within the Google News Initiative.