Growing Pains and Daily Gains

Early lessons and challenges from Mahoning Matters’ early days

The Mahoning Matters team cuts a symbolic ribbon at the website’s launch party on Oct. 10, 2019.
The Mahoning Matters team cuts a symbolic ribbon at the website’s launch party on Oct. 10, 2019, joined by representatives from McClatchy, Google and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce. Photo/William Lewis for Mahoning Matters
Reporters Justin Dennis and Jess Hardin work from Stonefruit Coffee in Youngstown. Photo/Mark Sweetwood
Reporters Justin Dennis and Jess Hardin work from Stonefruit Coffee in Youngstown. Photo/Mark Sweetwood
People congregate and share story ideas with the Mahoning Matters staff at Westside Bowl in Youngstown on October 24.
Mahoning Matters held a Story Pitch Night for readers to share story ideas and feedback at Westside Bowl in Youngstown on Oct. 24. Photo/Jess Hardin

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Mandy Jenkins

Head of Product at Factal. Formerly of ambitious news startups and legacy newspapers alike. Survivor.