Distracted Driving

A series of stories on distracted driving in Ohio

Youngstown children second poorest in nation

In the city of Youngstown, 63.3 percent of children live in poverty, according to census numbers. That’s the second worst rate in the United States.

Few respond to first question in Columbus Exchange project

Concussions: Paying the Price

A series of stories on concussions by the Youngstown State University's journalism senior project class

Board members of Turkish-run charter schools won’t answer questions about citizenship or leadership roles

The names of school board members at Ohio’s publicly funded Horizon and Noble charter schools are unlike those on traditional public school boards.

Charter schools must market themselves to survive

Charter, or community schools, in Ohio must market themselves to parents and students in order to survive. The ads promise everything from flexibility, one-on-one teaching, safety and better education to entice parents, potential students.



A year ago Bishop C. Shawn Tyson, pastor of Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church, told members of the Idora Neighborhood Association, that his church was ready to build a “Dream Center” on the former amusement park location. By October, he hinted that the project could break ground “as early as spring of 2014.” To date, nothing has been announced or built. Jessica Mowchan/TheNewsOutlet.org Idora Park property – 29 years and waiting
Since 1985, the owner of the Idora Park property has promised to develop a City of God on the site. After 29 years, the property sits idle. Now, the owner Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church, may ask the community for financial help to kick start the development.
News Outlet interns, staff and faculty meet weekly to discuss progress on joint reporting projects. A recent effort looking at the Ohio Board of Education recently won best explanatory journalism honors from the Associated Press. Jessica Mowchan/TheNewsOutlet.org News Outlet/Beacon Journal BOE package wins AP journalism award
The News Outlet, based at Youngstown State University, has once again earned state honors for the journalistic work done by its staff of student reporters. Editors and writers from across the state gathered May 19 at the Easton Hilton, Columbus, for the 2013 Ohio Associated Press Media Editor’s Newspaper Awards. The Akron Beacon Journal and The News Outlet earned second place for Best Explanatory Reporting for a package looking at the Ohio Board of Education in Division V. This division includes the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cincinnati Inquirer, the Columbus Post Dispatch and the Toledo Blade. The judges were media peers from other states.
Valley population becoming older, poorer
People living in the Mahoning Valley are getting older and poorer. Census figures show the area has the fifth highest number of residents 65 and older. Also, the area has the lowest average household income, less than $30,000 a year. This poorer, aging population will need help financially from local agencies and the community.
NERF-7-WEB NERF wars bring church, community together
Curtis Schaffer, a member of First Christ church in Salem, has two passions: church and NERF guns. He combined both into a project called, “NERFing for Jesus.” Every month since December, about 30 youths gather at a different church in the Salem area to wage a NERF war. The goal is to bring the church and the community together. The group hopes to welcome more churches into the project.
Ian Beniston, deputy director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., says the growth in the Idora Neighborhood can be attributed to the active involvement residents, who created community gardens, sponsored beautification projects and boarded up vacant homes. Chris Davidson/TheNewsOutlet.org Growth in Idora neighborhood attributed to resident involvement
About 50 people attended Idora Neighborhood Assocaition meeting to discuss their concerns about development with members of the Youngstown Neighorhood Development Corp. The area has seen considerable growth in the past 10 years. YNDC officials attribute this to active involvement by residents. The one big concern, however, was the lack of development of the former Idora Park site, now owned by Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church.
The exterior of the Kress Building on Federal Street, Youngstown still features white-tile terracotta façade and the “Kress” logo. After years of neglect, the building will be torn down to make way for a parking lot. Jessica Mowchan/TheNewsOutlet.org Kress building demolition mirrored in other states
The Kress building in Youngstown has a date with a wrecking ball in mid-March. While some cities were able to save their landmark department store buildings, others were not as fortunate. Residents and city officials weigh in on the loss.
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Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. officials met with residents of the Northeast side to discuss issues in that community. Residents expressed concerns with revitalizing the housing market. YNDC officials told them they would focus on the more stable areas of the neighborhood and build off the strengths of those areas.
Sharon Wallace and her grandchildren, Asiya Ivery, 5, and Jah-mel Wallace, 10, attended the March 4 information meeting sponsored by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. Wallace said she was concerned about pot holes and street conditions in the Idora Neighborhood. Chris Davidson/TheNewsOutlet.org South side residents want YNDC to develop plan for ‘every’ neighborhood
Residents from Youngstown’s South side attended the second in a series of neighborhood meetings, sponsored by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., March 4 at the Newport Library. These residents wanted assurances that whatever plan is developed for the city includes something for every neighborhood in the city and not just a targeted few.
Nearly 40 Cornersburg residents joined Youngstown Mayor John McNally at the third meeting in a series planned by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. Residents expressed concern over the aging population in their neighborhood. Chris Davidson/TheNewsOutlet.org Despite aging population, Cornersburg residents hopeful for future
Roughly 40 residents of the Cornersburg neighborhood in Youngstown came to a March 6 meeting sponsored by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. The meeting provided a forum for residents to assess priorities in their neighborhood.
Photo by Jessica Mowchan/TheNewsOutlet.org Jurors Deciding Fate of Ashland Couple in Enforced Labor Case
Jurors began deliberating Thursday afternoon in the case of an Ashland couple accused of imprisoning and abusing a cognitively-impaired woman.


Ian Beniston, executive director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., explains the city’s four-part development plan during a community meeting Nov. 12 in the Covelli Centre. Brittany Wenner/TheNewsOutlet.org Development officials outline plan for Youngstown
Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. officials outlined a four-part plan to revitalize the city.
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The Drug Enforcement Administration is tightening rules for doctors and patients regarding hydrocodone-based medicines, such as Vicodin and Norco.
Noga-1-WEB Some try to restore American dream in Oak Hill
Pure numbers don’t tell the whole story of the Oak Hill neighborhood in Youngstown. The numbers say the area is near death. The residents and officials at the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. say the odds change when you factor in human determination.
YNDC-YSU-WEB YSU students mirror concerns of Youngstown residents
Officials with the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. attempted to get a youth perspective on the city’s problems by meeting with students at Youngstown State University. While most city residents are concerned by population loss, YSU students are worried about decreased enrollment.
Covelli-Meeting WEB YNDC promises actions on development plans
Officials at the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. spoke to residents April 8 at the Covelli Centre about the assets and concerns of city residents. They also promised to develop a plan and a plan of action for implementation.
Big-Jim-web City’s aging population will require more services
Some sections of Youngstown have about twice the population of 65 and older residents than the national average. While the city must find a way to help these residents on a declining budget, some businesses that cater to this age group are already seeing a spike in revenue.
Van-dussen-Web Youngstown, YNDC must grapple with aging population
The population of Youngstown is getting smaller – and older. The percentage of residents who are 65 and older is as high as 20 to 35 percent in some areas. This not only concerns those areas, but the development arm of the city. The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. will need to focus on bringing younger residents into these areas to keep them stable.
SEO_Logo Getting information from charter schools difficult
Student reporters with The News Outlet contacted nearly 300 charter schools in Ohio in an effort to obtain basic public information. Only one in four schools complied with the requests.
OAK-HILL-1-web Many concerned with lack of development on South side
Roughly 70 South side residents attended an informational meeting sponsored by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. The meeting at the Oak Hill Collaborative ran for two hours instead of one, which residents expressing their concerns over the lack of attention by leaders to their section of the city.
SEO_Logo Confusion ensues when discussing community versus charter schools
The charter-school movement in the U.S. began in earnest in the early 1990s. However, there have been several “community” schools cropping up in Ohio. The News Outlet offers a vocabulary lesson on these schools.