Margaret Sullivan: ‘Democracy … is about to die in Youngstown’ with closing of local newspaper

Youngstown, Ohio • Mere moments after the start of the hastily called community forum, the tears started to flow.

“Gobsmacked” was how one Youngtown reader described her horrified reaction to the surprise announcement, just days before, that the city’s 150-year-old daily newspaper, The Vindicator, would publish its last edition on Aug. 31.

And Mary Beth Earnheardt, who teaches journalism at Youngstown State University, briefly left the meeting room at the local history center to pull herself together.