The News Outlet is a collaborative effort among public universities in Northeastern Ohio and professional media partners.
Founded and operated at Youngstown State University, The News Outlet seeks to give students valuable experience in reporting and producing investigative and enterprise stories, producing valuable content and providing audiences with critical information they need in order to be informed and engaged through legacy media.
Interns from Youngstown State University, the University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College produce stories for regional and statewide media partners, including its two founding media partners, WYSU-FM Radio and The Vindicator (Youngstown). Other media partners include The Beacon Journal in Akron and Rubber City Radio.
The project began in Fall 2009 with a grant from The Raymond John Wean Foundation, and support from WYSU-FM, The Vindicator and the YSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded The News Outlet two Community Information Challenge national grants.
The content the students produce is offered first to our media partners, but then made available for use by any media organization. We require that the media organization use the student’s byline, TheNewsOutlet.org (hyperlinked to www.thenewsoutlet.org) and alert us when our content is being used.