The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio) will cease publication at the end of August, the paper’s publisher and general manager announced.
“Due to great financial hardships, we spent the last year searching for a buyer to continue to operate The Vindicator and preserve as many jobs as possible while maintaining the paper’s voice in the community. That search has been unsuccessful,” wrote Publisher Betty H. Brown Jagnow and General Manager Mark A. Brown in a June 28 note to readers. “It is with broken hearts that we say goodbye and a final thank you,” they wrote. The note thanked readers, advertisers, carriers and staff.
The paper has seen four generations of Maag-Brown family ownership.
The note detailed efforts made to save the paper, including attacking expenses with the cooperation of the paper’s staff and unions, investing in new presses to become more competitive, raising the price of the newspaper. The paper continued to operate at a loss, the note said.