The Associated Press is a global news agency that began 172 years ago as a cooperative of five New York City newspapers. With 263 locations in more than 100 countries, AP provides journalism to roughly 15,000 media outlets around the world. AP sets standards for ethics and excellence, and has won 52 Pulitzer Prizes, including the 2016 gold medal for Public Service for an investigation into labor abuses in the seafood industry, reports that freed more than 2,000 slaves. AP’s seven news bureaus in the northeast U.S. provide vital local and regional news to 378 newsrooms.
Our role, beyond serving as the NPR affiliate for our region, is to share voices that are often excluded or marginalized in other outlets. To cite a few examples, we share the stories of families impacted by the opioid crisis; interviews with elderly African-American residents of Dayton’s west side who have chosen to age in place in their homes; and in-studio performances local musicians. Our FM signal reaches 12 counties in southwest Ohio. To the south we serve the growing area between Dayton and Cincinnati; to the north, Sidney, Ohio; to the west, Richmond, Indiana; and to the east the outskirts of Columbus. Our coverage area includes urban, rural and small towns.
WCPO is an innovative and forward-looking news organization covering 25 counties across three states centered around Cincinnati. WCPO has a history of enterprise journalism and innovation that stems from the organization's early days as a TV station on to 2014 when the E.W. Scripps Company launched an extensive digital newsroom within the TV station and the nation's first and only local TV station with a paywall and paid membership program. The newsroom has since evolved by combining that digital newsroom and the existing broadcast newsroom into a dynamic team focused on enterprise and investigative journalism on TV and digital platforms.
Cleveland.com is the largest news website in Ohio. Our primary audience lies in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, but we serve the entire northeast Ohio area. An important part of our mission is to cover underserved and under-represented communities with depth, understanding, and empathy. To that end, we are part of a regional journalism collaborative aimed at covering issues of poverty and social justice.
Mahoning Matters is a local digital news startup serving Mahoning County, Ohio that is starting publication in early October 2019. We are the first site of The Compass Experiment, a partnership between Google and McClatchy to experiment with sustainable revenue models for local news.
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.
The Akron Beacon Journal provides comprehensive news coverage primarily for Summit and Stark counties in post-industrial Northeast Ohio. We frequently publish deep-dive enterprise reports on a wide variety of topics. These newsroom also leads the joint news efforts of GateHouse Media in Northeast Ohio, which includes numerous other daily media sites and weekly publications. Overall, GateHouse serves 10 counties in Northeast Ohio and a population of 1.2 million residents. We also work closely with GateHouse’s Columbus Dispatch for Statehouse and regional news coverage.
H.L. Comeriato reports for The Devil Strip, a community-owned, independent news outlet in Akron, Ohio. Comeriato covers health care in the region in its broadest sense from gun violence to immigrants navigating the Medicaid system. Comeriato is a writer, editor and multimedia journalist living and working in Akron, Ohio. Their work includes contributing to TransAkron, a visual storytelling project and comprehensive, educational resource designed to explore the lived realities of trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people living in the Rustbelt. Comeriato is a graduate of the University of Akron Williams Honors College and has interned with the Akron Community Foundation. Currently, they serve on the Board of Directors for the Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative. Their work has appeared both in print and online.
Farnoush Amiri covers the Ohio statehouse for The Associated Press, where she concentrates on issues related to abortion, gun control and opioids. She’s worked at The AP in New York City, helping with the wire’s global response to the coronavirus pandemic. Before joining The AP, she worked as a digital reporter at NBC News, where her reporting on Hurricane Maria took her to Puerto Rico to cover the problems with federal aid in San Juan. Farnoush graduated with her master’s degree from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute in early 2019. Born in Iran, Farnoush grew up in southern California and began her journalism career as a stringer for The Orange County Register. She serves on the board of the South Asian Journalists Association.