Abbey Marshall reports for The Devil Strip, a community-owned, independent news outlet in
Akron, Ohio, where she focuses on how economic trends affect ordinary citizens. Marshall is a
2020 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where she studied
on a full academic scholarship awarded to a student pursuing a career in reporting. Throughout
her collegiate career, she completed two internships at The Columbus Dispatch as a metro reporter and web producer. She recently returned from Washington, D.C., where she covered breaking news as an intern at Politico. Having worked at a nonprofit in Mumbai, studied French and media in Aix-en-Provence and covered politics in the nation’s capital, she ultimately realized she missed the state she calls home and the fight for solid local journalism.
The Devil Strip is an independent community news organization that’s served the greater Akron, Ohio area for almost five years. This fall, we’ll become a community-owned local news cooperative to give residents a say in how our organization runs. This is how we’re aligning the incentives of our business and operational structure with the values of our mission and our journalism. In effect, instead of unionizing our newsroom, we’re unionizing our audience.
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