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In the two months since coronavirus first started dominating the headlines of American newspapers, some 1,100 of those newspapers have laid off and furloughed staff, cut pay and print schedules, or gone out of existence altogether. But it’s also spawned some new models in Ohio and beyond.

On Giving Tuesday, a long line of nonprofits devastated by the corona pandemic -- from museums to food banks to zoos -- appealed to donors for their survival. It also was Giving News Day -- a new appeal to donors and subscribers throughout the country to save local journalism.

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When it comes to quality of life, one of the most basic things is having a place to call home. A new media partnership in Akron wants to tell the stories of Akron residents  and the challenges they face when it comes to housing. Home in Akron is a collaboration involving The Devil Strip, WEWS-TV, the Beacon Journal, the Center for Investigative Reporting and WKSU.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, Sept. 30:

The owner of the Columbus Dispatch is purchasing the owner of the Cincinnati Enquirer, in a merger of two of the country's largest newspaper companies. It’s the latest media deal driven by the industry's struggles with a decline of printed editions.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, July 12: 

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Two Ohio newspapers have made the list of the most endangered buildings in the state this year.

Preservation Ohio’s list takes nominations from residents in considering the most endangered historic sites. This year’s list includes 13 sites. Among them are the soon to be vacated Akron Beacon Journal building and the Dayton Daily News building.

Thomas Palmer, the executive director of Preservation Ohio, said he expects future lists to include additional unused newspaper buildings.

Akron Beacon Journal Among GateHouse Media Newspapers to See Staff Cuts

May 26, 2019
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Two managers were laid off at the Akron Beacon Journal Friday, bringing the total of newsroom cuts to nine over the past two days. It's the latest blow to a print industry battling digital competition.

The Beacon Journal is one of 156 daily newspapers and more than 300 weeklies owned by New York-based GateHouse Media.

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Feb. 12:

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s parent company announced last week it is moving most of the paper’s functions other than local coverage to locations out of state.  Other newspapers in the region, including the Akron Beacon Journal were sold in the past two years and are also making changes.  Retired area newspaper executive Mike Hanke has some thoughts on where it all may be headed.

Hanke believes the decline of newspapers as we’ve known them will continue. He is a former General Manager of the Canton Repository.

Your Voice Ohio: What Does it Mean to Be an Economically Successful Community?

Aug 16, 2018

“Throw out the rules of capitalism. They don’t work anymore.”

That was the first idea tossed into a room full of journalists gathered at Denison University recently as the Your Voice Ohio collaborative and Solutions Journalism Network opened a conference on the state’s ailing economy, the topic Ohioans identified as most important.

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A landowner in the city of Green told the Akron Beacon Journal that construction of the Nexus natural gas pipeline polluted a pond and wetlands on his property.

According to the report, construction is happening across the front of the family’s property and includes a process called dewatering.

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The Akron Beacon Journal’s new president and publisher spoke at the Akron Roundtable Thursday about the newspaper’s future under its new owner, Gatehouse Media.

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, May 15:

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In the past week the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com announced a buyout offer for employees with 15 or more years of seniority, and the Akron Beacon Journal was sold.  

Newspaper readership has been impacted by the internet, by social media, and by a variety of other technologies. Facing this competition going forward, will newspapers be able to survive?  

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, April 12:

Equifax Data Breach Affects Millions, Including Children

Sep 12, 2017

There’s no shortage of advice following the Equifax data breach affecting sensitive information of about 143 million Americans.

Superheroes and sequels will rule the box office this summer, as the big releases vie to break the billion dollar mark. WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked with Akron Beacon Journal pop culture writer Clint O’Conner about the busy season that kicks off today.

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“This is the big time. This is when they make all their money during the summer, traditionally.”


Akron Beacon Journal reporter Doug Livingston witnessed exuberance from supporters of President Donald Trump and random acts of violence from those unhappy with the election results on this Inauguration Day.

WKSU's Jeff St.Clair spoke with Livingston about this vivid example of a divided America.

"It seems to be bipolar," says Livingston of the mood in the nation's capital as Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President.

Current Political Climate Excites and Concerns a First-Time Voter

Aug 8, 2016
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The day I turned 18, my AP government teacher wished me a happy birthday and handed me a voter registration form.

Gee thanks, I wanted to say, but politics aren’t really my forte. I didn’t understand it, didn’t care for it, but most of all, didn’t think my vote would make a difference.