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We've got some new story ideas — all thanks to you

You might say our last Story Pitch Night event of the year was "trivial" — but we learned a lot from you.

YOUNGSTOWN — At Mahoning Matters' last Story Pitch Night event of the year, we devised deviously difficult trivia questions — all based on current events we've covered over the last several weeks.

We also doled out Mahoning Matters swag as prizes for the most informed contestants and, most importantly, listened as you pitched us on the stories and issues that matter most to you.

We were joined by Todd Franko, the former Vindicator editor who's now working regionally for Report for America, and Craig Duff, a Northwestern University journalism professor who's now shooting a documentary about news in a post-Vindicator Youngstown.

Thanks to all who joined us for Wednesday trivia night at Boxcar Lounge in downtown Youngstown and shared drinks, appetizers and their thoughts on the stories we should be covering.

Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest info on how you can meet up with us — or for our next Story Pitch Night date. As always, feel free to contact Editor Mark Sweetwood at