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Mahoning Matters editor discusses state of journalism on Scribbler podcast

“People choose brands of news. ... They’re looking at stuff that supports their previously held beliefs,” Editor Mark Sweetwood said during the discussion.

YOUNGSTOWN — Mark Sweetwood, local editor of Mahoning Matters, pointed to “tribalization” as an area of concern for the news media during a recent Scribbler Publishing Group podcast.

Sweetwood talked with former Vindicator columnist Bertram de Souza for Part 2 of “Is Legitimate Journalism at Risk?” They were joined by Robert McFerren, former Vindicator art director and current creative director for Triad Production Group, a division of 21 WFMJ-TV.

Sweetwood, former managing editor of The Vindicator, discussed his transition from print media to digital media, the growth of Mahoning Matters and the state of journalism. 

“People choose brands of news. And they’re not looking for information ... oftentimes to enlighten them. They’re looking at stuff that supports their previously held beliefs,” Sweetwood said. 

“And that is our largest media issue … we are fighting uphill right now against a notion that something is correct because A.) I can think it, and B.) someone put it somewhere on the internet and it supports my widely held beliefs. And that is our largest challenge. … A very small percentage of some of the stuff people are sharing out there on social media is news.”

The discussion can be viewed above or on Scribbler’s YouTube page.

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