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Communities in Pittsburgh struggle with loss of local news coverage

By: Diana Navarrete PITTSBURGH, Pa.–Communities in the tristate area are losing their primary source of information and are finding solutions to maintain existing news organizations. Various communities are losing daily and weekly newspapers. While others are undergoing changes that are leading to “news deserts.” Remaining organizations in Pittsburgh are trying to stay in business and report on important stories. The... Read More

New Castle fights to keep their newspaper up and running

By: Zoey Angelucci As the Youngstown Vindicator closed its doors on Aug. 31 2019, the nearby city of New Castle was fighting against news desert norms to save its paper and community.  They rely financially on advertising and print and online subscriptions. They pride themselves on the idea of keeping local news, local. While bigger areas, like Youngstown, have large... Read More

Facebook looks for ways to end misinformation in the face of news deserts

By: Adam Stout “About one in three users in the U.S. live in places where we cannot find enough local news on Facebook to launch Today in,” Facebook said in a recent blog post online. “What does that mean exactly? In the last 28 days, there has not been a single day where we’ve been able to find five or... Read More

Edinboro residents adjust to new combined newspaper

By: Sierra Seneta Robin Capezzuto, an Edinboro resident, recently lost her own local newspaper, the Edinboro News Journal, after its last issue this past spring. The paper is now combined with two other papers from neighboring areas. The question of the town becoming a news desert is looming over the minds of Edinboro residents. Edinboro locals, like Capezzuto, will now... Read More

Local paper editor works against News Deserts in the Mon Valley area

By: Shannon Hartnett Assistant Editor Richard Schiavoni and his team at the Valley Mirror are filling their paper with advertisements, small town events and problems related to the community. It is part of their effort to remain relevant to their readers and prevent the Mon Valley from becoming a news desert. To support the community’s interests, the local paper publishes... Read More

The Battle to Breathe in the Mon Valley

A myriad of environmental law violations continues to plague Western Pennsylvania By Jordan Slobodinsky Melanie Meade has been monitoring toxic emissions from U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke works for years, but she had no idea she was breathing high levels of cancer-causing toxins for two weeks beginning on Christmas Eve after a massive fire in the mill. After living in Clairton... Read More

Life is Getting Better for Part-Time Faculty After Contract

By Nicole Fuschino To make ends meet after his job was unionized, Richard Schiavoni works at a newspaper weekdays and as a photographer on weekends, in addition to teaching part-time in the history department at Point Park University, but feels like his unionized job makes him “happier and more productive.” Carol Lorenz still drives back and forth between Point Park... Read More

Apartment Developments Set to Break Ground in the Northside in May

By Mary Shelly, Point Park News Service A version of this story ran in The Northside Chronicle. On West North Ave., the Allegheny Stables renovation is set to break ground next month, and complete one year later — bringing nearly three dozen new residential units to Allegheny West. Allegheny Stables building on the 800 block of West North Ave. Photo... Read More