A contentious local election revealed an information gap. High school reporters stepped up to fill it.

After an ex-journalist moved back to his hometown and found that the local paper had closed. he created his own, staffing it mostly with teenagers...

Yang was well-aware of the problems many local papers faced. For the past two decades, the nation had been hemorrhaging newspapers as print advertising revenue dried up. If he was going to start his own, he couldn’t rely on the traditional for-profit model dependent on advertising dollars.

Instead, Yang decided to use a nonprofit, “community service” model. Everyone on the paper would volunteer their time to keep their community better informed. Though the editors would be adults, Yang turned to local high school journalism programs to find his reporters.

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