Our Mission

Richland Source exists to tell the whole story of the communities we serve, and to uncover through our journalism effective responses to problems that hold us back from our true potential.


Our Story

We were founded in 2013 on the belief that there was an audience in North Central Ohio hungry for a different local news product -- one that was modern, forward-thinking, community-focused and truly represented what it was like to live and work in the area. We launched in June and have posted new, locally reported content every day since.

Think of our news mix like you would a balanced diet and regular exercise. Spending all our resources reporting the worst parts of our region is like living off Cheetos and whiskey. It might work for a while, but it will eventually make you sick.

We have been humbled (and a little surprised) that our innovative and community-focused approach has been recognized nationally by industry think tanks such as NiemanLab, the Columbia Journalism Review, and PBS MediaShift; and has also led to employees being featured panelists at national conferences. We’re proud of the work of our journalists. Their work on floodinginfant mortalityrace and other subjects has garnered national recognition and is making a difference.

Mostly, we’re grateful to report on an extraordinary region that is in the middle of reinventing itself into a modern healthcare, manufacturing, and tourism hub. In the three years that we’ve served North Central Ohio, we believe we’ve made a positive impact. From the way we do news, to how we’ve been involved in the community, Richland Source is blazing a trail. We’re raising the standard of what news reporting looks like and we’re happy for the support of the community that lets us know we’re on the right track.


Impact & MILESTONES

  • Excellence in high school sports reporting has led to multiple awards for journalistic excellence.

  • Named 2016 Small Business of the Year by the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce.