Cincinnati and Yellow Springs Public Radio Stations Join Ohio Newsroom, a New Statewide Public Radio Center

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Cincinnati joins a statewide effort in radio journalism.

Two regional radio stations are joining forces with 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 state’s largest daily radio and digital news outlet. With a two-year, $375,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Ohio Newsroom launched March 3 and will carry content from partner public radio stations in cities large and small across Ohio.

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

In the March 3 edition of Ideastream’s daily newsletter, Ideastream Chief Content Officer Mark Rosenberger positioned The Ohio Newsroom as a response to declining numbers of journalists and publications statewide. He said the public radio newsroom would be “committed to filling information gaps and securing the funds necessary to be sustainable in the future”.

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

He added that newsrooms are already used to partnering with reporting projects and sharing content across multiple platforms when stories are relevant to an audience beyond a particular local market.

“The Ohio Newsroom expands our ability to continue this important work cohesively and strategically,” he wrote.

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

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