Jay Allred is the President of Mansfield, Ohio-based Richland Source. He was born into a newspaper family, and has either worked in media or followed it closely since high school. His news background is in production, marketing, and sales; and before returning to media with Richland Source, in the digital imaging business. Richland Source is his second startup venture.
In just over four years, Richland Source has become an influential media outlet in their North Central Ohio coverage area. Richland Source has become known for their constructive, tightly focused local coverage, as well their culture of innovation, and community-focused teamwork and volunteerism. The Richland Source newsroom was the only outlet in the U.S. to have two of their Solutions Journalism stories recognized as among the best of the year.
Jay serves as a board member of the Local Independent Online News association (LION).
The work of Richland Source has been examined by NiemanLab, the Columbia Journalism Review, and PBS MediaShift, among others.