‘Who’s Who in Local News’ Program at Newport Library On October 7

Co-Sponsored by the Library and Youngstown Press Club

YOUNGSTOWN (September 27, 2019/For Immediate Release) — The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) and the Youngstown Press Club will present an evening of information about the direction of local news and the variety of local outlets in the changing news landscape in Mahoning County. “Who’s Who in Local News” will feature a panel discussion, plus questions and answers. The event takes place at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 7, in the meeting room of the Newport Library, 3730 Market St., Youngstown.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Aimee Fifarek, the Library’s Executive Director. She says of the event, “We recognize that the residents of our community need to adapt to a new local news situation following the closure of the historic Vindicator. We have seen in recent weeks that there will be expanded coverage by existing news providers, a new provider coming to Mahoning County from adjacent Trumbull County, and a brand new digital media outlet. The original concern was that the area might become a news desert, but we now have a large number of local news options. This program is our way of bringing everyone together so they can see the local news environment and know their sources and methods for getting accurate information.”

Mary Beth Earnheardt, Youngstown Press Club Executive Director, says, “The landscape of local news is changing and Youngstown is positioned to be a leader in that change. This work will be done by our media institutions. We’re thrilled to work with the Library to facilitate interaction between news leaders and the public they serve.”

JoAnn Kolarik, Youngstown Press Club President, notes, “The Youngstown Press Club is honored to be co-hosting this event with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Our membership is a great compilation of news-related professionals with years of service to this community and with the announcement of the Vindicator closing, we immediately became aware of the great concern of Valley residents about receiving news in the future.  While several news sources have announced plans to step forward and help fill the gap that closing has created, we still feel it is important to continue the discussion and to give an outlet to the community for voicing their news concerns.”

Panel members are: Michael Moliterno, Vice President of Operations, The Business Journal; Mark Sweetwood, Editor, Mahoning Matters; Mitch Davis, News Director, WKBN TV; Sheila Miller, Assistant News Director and Executive Producer, WFMJ; Brenda J. Linert, Editor, Tribune Chronicle.

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has 15 locations countywide. The Main Library, at 205 Wick Ave., is a historic Carnegie library which has served the public since 1910. Helping customers find accurate information is a primary focus of the Mahoning County library system and librarians are the original search engine. The Library connects people with the information and services they need which can inspire them and enrich their lives.

The Youngstown Press Club, Inc. was re-established in 2018 to promote journalism and other communication-related professions in the Mahoning Valley. Over the course of its first year, the group’s membership has continued to grow, inclusive of working journalists, as well as those who work in the multi-faceted fields of media, public relations and marketing. The Youngstown Press Club is dedicated to uniting media professionals in the Mahoning Valley through fellowship and education.

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