ProPublica to fund reporter to cover Youngstown, Ohio, after newspaper folds

ProPublica to fund reporter to cover Youngstown, Ohio, after newspaper folds
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Nonprofit news organization ProPublica announced Monday it will fund a reporter to cover Youngstown, Ohio, after the city's sole daily newspaper announced it will close.

“What’s going on in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley cries out for solid investigative reporting,” Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica’s editor in chief, said in a statement. “We created the Local Reporting Network to fill that critically important need.”

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ProPublica's Local Reporting Network pays salaries so that news organizations can devote a full-time reporter to work on an accountability journalism project for a year. ProPublica also offers editing and research help.

The program currently works with 20 local partners across the U.S.

ProPublica noted several issues affecting Youngstown, including the closure of a General Motors plant in nearby Lordstown, problems with the city's school system and Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic field narrows with Inslee exit Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE's (D-Ohio) presidential run.

Developments unfolding in Youngstown and its surrounding area, which has a population of more than 500,000, requires journalistic attention, Engelberg said.