YOUNGSTOWN — Report for America announced today it has selected Mahoning Matters as a newsroom partner to host one of its journalists starting in June 2020.
Report for America will place 250 journalists in 164 news organizations in 46 states including 11 in Ohio. It is a national service program that places emerging journalists into local news organizations to report for one to two years on under-covered issues and communities.
“We offer a pretty simple fix for news holes in communities throughout the country — local reporters on the ground who hold leaders accountable and report on under-covered issues,” said Steven Waldman, president and co-founder of Report for America. “The editors we’ve met during our application cycle have shown us amazing passion, commitment and sharp ideas for how to better serve their local communities.”
“We are so honored to be selected for this program,” said Mandy Jenkins, general manager of the Compass Experiment and publisher of Mahoning Matters. “This new reporter is going to make it possible for us to cover so many more of the stories that matter most in Youngstown.”
The Mahoning Matters proposal that will be funded sought a reporter for both Mahoning Matters and WYSU-FM to develop stories on the city of Youngstown's budget crisis in 2020 and beyond.
“This will allow us during a busy coming year to focus on deep stories about the city’s fiscal issues — and how already underserved city residents could be impacted — both for our audience and our news partners at WYSU-FM,” Editor Mark Sweetwood said.