Signal Cleveland Is Your Community Newsroom
Editor-in-Chief Lila Mills, Managing Editor of News Mark Naymik and Managing Editor of Community Lawrence Caswell introduce Signal Cleveland.

Over the past six months, our team at Signal Cleveland has built the foundation for a new type of community-first news organization. We’ve grown our team, listened to community members, and named and branded Signal Cleveland to reflect what we’ve heard.

Today we officially launch the website for Signal Cleveland which has information relevant to all Greater Clevelanders. 

Signal Cleveland’s first stories

As you’ll see in our first stories published today, we’re committed to reporting on a variety of topics from the resident-first perspective and to holding our local leaders accountable. Along the way, we want to celebrate what makes Cleveland unique, vibrant and resilient. 

We’re proud to feature these as our first stories:

Cleveland City Council to take a stand against wage theft by reporter Olivera Perkins featuring analysis of federal data done for Signal Cleveland that showed nearly 2 million Ohioans are estimated to have experienced a type of wage theft from 2012 to 2022;

From reporter Candice Wilder, a story about the innovative Mission Kitchen program that began in the early days of the pandemic and has become a lifeline for many in the Central neighborhood;

And from Cleveland Documenters, a guide about how government agencies can make public meetings more accessible. Documenters, who have attended more than 600 public meetings since 2020, used their collective experience to suggest ways to increase transparency and accessibility so that all community members have the opportunity to engage in our local democracy.

Home of Cleveland Documenters

Cleveland Documenters trains and pays residents to document local government meetings with notes and live-tweet threads. 

You will find the work of Cleveland Documenters featured prominently throughout the website including explainers about legislative process and government meeting briefs. They show up every day to do the hard work of watchdogging local government.

Resources for you

We know that understanding local government takes more than just following the news. That’s why we’re building a library of explainers, guides, and other civic resources to help better understand local government and hold local government accountable. 

Accessible to all

And because it’s part of our mission to ensure our content is free and accessible to all Greater Clevelanders, we’re also on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn

In the coming months, you will see and hear Signal Cleveland on social media using video and audio to make sure our reporting is accessible to all.

Get involved

We’re not just reporting on communities across Greater Cleveland, we’re building one.

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Editor-in-Chief (she/her)
Lila is the founding editor-in-chief of Signal Cleveland, the Ohio Local News Initiative's Cleveland newsroom. Lila, who has experience in community building and journalism, led the launch of Cleveland Documenters in 2020. Formerly associate director at Neighborhood Connections, a Cleveland-based organization that has done groundbreaking work building community networks, Lila has been a newspaper reporter, a student-journalism advisor and a freelance news producer. Born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland, Lila is a first-generation college graduate with degrees from Columbia University.