The team's efforts will be packaged under the name The Path Forward. Its initial focus will be on three critical issues that must be addressed for the region to thrive: how the community changes its image as the center of the drug overdose crisis; how Dayton Public Schools can become more of a positive force for change in the region; and what needs to happen for the economy and workforce to be more robust and prosperous.
The topics were selected after talking to community leaders and asking hundreds of readers what they see as the biggest concerns.
“We know our readers expect from us in-depth, investigative reporting that matters,” Collier said. “That’s why we will devote significant time and resources to uncover solutions that will make a real difference here.”
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Dayton Daily News Investigates also will engage the community alongside its reporting to increase the impact of its work, which will include hosting community forums, convening roundtable discussions and using social media to reach as many people as possible.
A community advisory board consisting of a diverse group of local leaders also will provide feedback and input on coverage.
This new team is an innovative addition to the important local reporting the newspaper has done for more than 100 years, Collier said.
“We want to mobilize the community to solve our problems together,” she said.