The Dispatch’s mission is to inform and engage Ohioans on issues important to helping them navigate daily life, and to hold public officials and business leaders accountable to the public. We emphasis enterprise and watchdog reporting. We take deep dives on important topics—opioids, suicide, fracking, income inequality, hazing, prescription-drug pricing, and ineffective and dangerous handling of arrest warrants to name a few. We initiated the Ohio News Organization collaborative of the eight largest newspapers a decade ago. We share content daily with non-profit and for-profit newsrooms and have worked together on joint reporting projects.
Location: * Midwest, Ohio
Beat: Rural issues in central Ohio
Position: This beat focuses on the trends and issues affecting people in rural areas, especially as we head into the next presidential election. For The Dispatch, that includes a large swath of Appalachia. The topic areas include politics and public policy, transportation, mineral extraction (benefits and environmental/safety concerns), education, technology, environment, health care, the economy, poverty and hunger. These stories are picked up by news organizations across the state and region.
Reporter: Ceili Doyle