COLUMBUS – The Ohio Capital Journal, an online-only news outlet focused on Ohio state government, launches in Columbus Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The Ohio Capital Journal's experienced staff will focus on state government coverage, investigative journalism, extensive reporting on government policy and its impact on Ohioans, political insight and principled commentary.

“You know all those cheesy journalism aphorisms about reporters being the eyes and ears of the people in the halls of power? We believe them, deeply,” said Editor David C. DeWitt. “We also deeply believe in sharing the stories of people outside the halls of power, connecting the actions of state leaders to the impacts on Ohioans.”

DeWitt said the Ohio Capital Journal is free of advertising and free to readers, and that Ohio Capital Journal articles, graphics and commentary are also free to republish with proper attribution. He said the news bureau is intended to complement and expand on the work of the existing Ohio Statehouse press corps.

“We want to do the best journalism possible to help connect Ohioans to their state government and how it affects them and their families and their lives,” DeWitt said. “We also want to hold state leaders accountable for their policies by offering keen political insight and principled commentary. We believe good government must be accountable to the people it serves and represents, so we’ll be reporting for the people.”

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The Ohio Capital Journal is part of the States Newsroom, a network of similar news outlets supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity.