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“Youngstown Violence” is not a Vindy campaign

By Todd Franko (Contact)


Published October 4, 2010

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On our web site — just above me to be exact -- is a section we called “Youngstown Violence.”

It is meant to direct interested readers to all our coverage related to the two recent tragedies — vigils, photos, videos, comments, etc.

At least one reader — which means there are no doubt more of you — are looking at the name of the box as a Vindy campaign of some sorts to promote Youngstown violence. Here’s parts of his letter:

Vindy:

This past weekend,  I was shocked to find that the heading "Youngstown Violence" has been used on the Vindy homepage to categorize stories pertaining to unrelated, isolated incidents that our community is rallying to resolve.

Ironically, listed under the label "Youngstown Violence" is an article title that quotes the mayor proclaiming that "Violence must not define us."

I think the mayor says it best.

Attaching the name of our city to the loaded word "violence" is a blatant, counter-productive misrepresentation of our city's character akin to libel. It goes against our community's clear commitment, as stated in your reports, to not allow such incidents to "define who we are."

How can we ever hope to improve our image when our own hometown paper is subtly working against us?

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As shown by 146 comments on one of the stories, and more than 220 on all of our combined stories, there is plenty to read and discuss regarding these events.

Collecting them in a single box was important to facilitate community awareness and dialogue. The title of the box is a straight-forward label that doesn’t aim to sensationalize or sugarcoat.

It won’t be online as a boxed package forever. It will be there for a few more days.

Please, in that time, do not think it’s an attempt to make a campaign out of Youngstown’s tragedies. It’s a reader guide, and that’s it.














Comments

1Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

We are now going mainstream with what was once deemed as totally criminal . To demonize those involved attaches a stigma than makes them appear inhuman .Who are we to criticize them because they act differently ?

THE PLAN . . ..

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Why are you defending your posistion Todd?

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3Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

^^ No need to defend yourself. People who visit this site daily realize where the most hits are and the most active discussions take place. The fact is, people need to look at these articles and realize we are in a state of emergency. And Vindy is trying to uncover or at least help people take notice that we need to start "taking back our streets".

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4bmanresident(597 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

People are way to sensitive to the printed word. I agree with Todd on this one, a way to streamline these articles is great, and neccesary. Lately, however, we need an entire newspaper dedicated to Ytown Violence because its gettting thicker than that garbage thats being printed as of late.

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5UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Too many have died in Youngstown from the gangsta shooting and drug dealing. Reporting when they happen is good Vindy journalism, but it appears the current Mayor Jay administration has failed the citizens by not making significant improvements to the justice system and catching all of these scumbags. The city is in a state of emergency even if Mayor Jay has not declared it so. Someday maybe the DemocRATs will wakeup and actually do something about it?

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6VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

One of the best ways to stop violence (or at least slow it down) is to make it public. Get the public involved. Do Not hide it under the rug, keep it hush-hush, or avoid it. Violence is growing and is a huge social problem. We must address it if we want to improve our lives here in the valley. I applaude the Vindicator for keeping us informed. By expressing First Admendment rights, The Vindy helps citizens of the valley in keeping up with dangerous situations and allow citizens the ability to make informed decisions on where they travel, how they shop and gives citzens the opportunity to be more aware of their surroundings.

We do not want to be Goldilocks. We do not want sugarcoated news. We want to know what is going on in our valley and we want the truth. We cannot depend on the police. We cannot depend on the Mayor. We look to the Vindicator for the story. This is how we live and this is how we determine our path for the day.

Violence is prevelant throughout America today. It is not exclusive to Youngstown or The Valley. Every city in America is experiencing the same violence we are. How we address it and how we resolve it is the real story. Making it public is a start. People need to know.

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