Four journalists are being inducted into the Youngstown Press Club Hall of Fame.
Two of the journalists are being honored posthumously, two we interviewed to find out the history of the Mahoning Valley they covered, the changes and challenges they face, and their advice for new and aspiring journalists.
Andrea Wood owner and publisher of the award-winning Business Journal started her career working to open doors in an industry that was predominantly male. As an anchor in 1974, she covered much history in the Mahoning Valley.
"Obviously the death of steel is a big story. I covered the de-industrialization of the Mahoning Valley, the Joanne Coughlin story, and Jim Traficant, these are some of the biggies. The mob killings in the 1980s as the two factions Carabbia and Naples factions were fighting each other," Andrea Wood said.
Wood wanted more challenges so she opened the Business Journal in 1984 which has covered positive business news billion dollar Scandals, and GM closing its Lordstown plant. And the big story now is on electronic vehicles.
Ernie Brown a Vindicator Journalist being honored shared some of the most important stories he covered from 1976 to 2019.
"The Stephen Masters murder trial. He was charged with killing his wife for only a few months. I believe that was back in the 1980s. That trial lasted from January to April at that time it was the longest criminal trial in Mahoning County history, and of course, I was part of the crew that covered the 1985 Tornado that ripped through Trumbull County and Pennsylvania," Ernie Brown said. 
From typewriter to computers and posting on the internet and doing video stories on platforms there have been many technological changes.
"I started in 1976 working on an IBM Selectric II typewriter and when I retired in 2019 I was posting stories to the internet," Brown said.
Fake news, negativity towards journalists, and no longer reporting facts without one's own point of view are increasing challenges.
"News had changed basically because more people are getting their news from sources that aren't vetted. People take the gospel from what's appearing on TikTok, or what's appearing on the internet on various sites, no one is challenging these people. That's what we as professional journalists do. We check, double-check and go back to our sources, making sure the information is correct before we put it out there. That's not being done," Brown added.
"Social media and fake news and all of the difficulties journalists face today it's very discouraging. ... We can write a story and people can see it in different ways, and see bias in numerous ways. ... This has culminated in us becoming the enemy of the people to some people. It's horrible," Wood said.
"There were three stations when I started out in 1973. Cable news didn't exist so there was the Fairness Doctrine, and the Equal Time rule, so you could not be a broadcaster and have a point of view without being fair. That all changed and went away. The news became profit-driven. It wasn't when I started out. It was a public service then," Wood emphasized.
"It's really horrible how reporters are viewed and people don't trust what they say and hear. The only saving grace is local news right now. We are trusted and that's great," Wood added.
Both Brown and Wood said they are honored. They have decades of accomplishments, as well as the journalists being honored posthumously include Peter Gabriel and Tom Holden.
Both Andrea Wood and Ernie Brown were humble. They both focused on the other journalists being recognized with them.
We asked for their advice for new or aspiring journalists.
"My advice is to get into the business for the same reason I got into the business to be a conduit of correct information for the public," Brown emphasized.
"Play it straight. That's my best advice," Wood said.