The Vindicator, also known at times as the Youngstown Vindicator, is a daily newspaper serving Youngstown, Ohio, United States and the Mahoning County region as well as southern Trumbull County and northern Columbiana County. The Vindicator was established in 1869. It is owned by the Maag family (longtime area residents) and is run by the Vindicator Printing Company, which also runs local NBC affiliate WFMJ-TV and WFMJ's digital subchannel, CW affiliate WBCB.
Its primary competitor is the Tribune Chronicle in nearby Warren, Ohio, though their news has more of a slant towards the Trumbull County and parts of northeastern Portage County areas as opposed to the more broad Vindicator.
Monday through Saturday, the newspaper publishes three sections:
- Local and national news as well as editorial (Section A)
- Sports and weather (Section B)
- Classifieds, Valley Life and comics (Section C)
Each Thursday, The Vindicator prints Vibe, a tabloid style entertainment guide for the coming weekend.
On Saturdays, a TV listings magazine is included. The Sunday edition is, like most other newspapers, greatly expanded. In addition to the sections mentioned, there is also sections dedicated to business, entertainment, life and work, and health, among others.
The Youngstown Vindicator began in 1869.
It is notable for the first recorded advertisement for the Klondike bar (February 5, 1922).
The Vindicator operates four primary websites: the news and information site vindy.com; a local employment portal vindyjobs.com; vindywheels.com, a local automotive shopping site; and vindyhomes.com, a local real estate site.
The vast majority of content available on vindy.com is provided at no charge. There is, however, a "digital edition" available on the site at the same subscription rate as the printed edition. It is delivered in PDF format.
The Vindicator breaks local news on its primary website, vindy.com, throughout the day and night. This feature is branded "News Watch" and is updated more frequently than the general site.
The paper's staff has gone on strike twice. The first strike was in 1964 and lasted nearly eight months; the strikers published the Steel Valley Times during this time. The second strike lasted from November 2004 to July 2005, and the strikers published their own paper, The Valley Voice, during this time.
On March 3, 2010, a new press was installed. The Vindicator received a brand new look. The Vindicator flag is similar to the one that was used in the 1980s. The previous press was used from 1972 to March 2010.