is the nonprofit news organization of the Denison University Journalism Program, covering Licking County, Ohio, and neighboring regions. We publish work by students, faculty, and community members. 

The Reporting Project focuses on nonfiction storytelling that is about our place, our part of the “missing middle” of the country – its people, politics, culture, health, science and environment, and more. Our mission is to share stories, in all media formats, that help us know the world we live in, and to provide a place for all voices to be heard. This is especially important in today’s media landscape, in which national corporate media entities sometimes perpetuate simplistic and divisive narratives, and as local outlets dwindle and leave behind dangerous news deserts.  Our work is supported, in part, by the “Writing in Place” initiative, a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Join us as we inform public discourse by promoting diverse narratives – from rural villages to “Rust Belt” cities – that invite empathy, understanding, and deeper investigation. 

If you see an error, please contact Managing Editor Julia Lerner immediately at so that we can review it and make a clarification or correction as warranted. Substantive errors will be corrected within the story, and a note will be attached to the story to indicate that the story has been updated with the correct information.

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Reporters: Emma Baum, Ellie Owen, Caroline Zollinger
Managing Editor: Julia Lerner
Faculty Advisors: Beth Lossing, Alan Miller, Jack Shuler, Doug Swift 

Jim Bidigare, Maurice Carlisle, Jeff Gill, Dan Long, Janice LoRaso, Mary Tuominen, Gale Cady Williams