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The effort aims to close information gaps left by the declining number of journalists and media outlets.

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Cincinnati is joining a statewide effort in radio journalism.

Two regional radio stations are joining forces with those around the Buckeye State.

Cincinnati Public Radio (WVXU-FM, WMUB-FM and WGUC-FM) and WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs are now part of The Ohio Newsroom, the largest daily radio and digital news outlet in the state. With a two-year, $375,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Ohio Newsroom launched March 3 and will publish content from partner public radio stations in Ohio cities both large and small. 

Wendy Turner, a member of Ideastream Public Media’s leadership team, will lead The Ohio Newsroom. Turner already manages The Ohio Channel and the Statehouse News Bureau, and her new role will be in a similar vein.

In the March 3 edition of Ideastream’s daily newsletter, Ideastream’s chief content officer Mark Rosenberger positioned The Ohio Newsroom as a response to the declining number of journalists and publications statewide. He said that the public radio newsroom would be “committed to filling information gaps and securing the funds needed to be sustainable into the future.”  

Public radio stations in Cincinnati, Yellow Springs, Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Youngstown and Wilberforce have already signed on, and Rosenberger said that all other public radio stations in the state would be welcome to do so as well.  

He added that newsrooms are already accustomed to partnering on reporting projects and sharing content across platforms when stories are relevant to audiences beyond a particular local market. 

“The Ohio Newsroom expands our ability to continue with this important work in a cohesive, strategic manner,” he wrote. 

A version of this story originally was published by CityBeat sister newspaper Cleveland Scene.

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