Norberto Santana, Jr., speaks at press summit for California Newspaper Publisher’s Association

The California Newspaper Publisher’s Association hosted a press summit today, inviting Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr.

Santana joined Christina Shih of Voice of San Diego in talking with moderator Jocelyn Dong of Palo Alto Weekly. Responding to a question about reconciling donor interests with professional news reporting, Santana said doing the right thing monetizes. “Real news reporting must be the umpire between divergent interests, not a cheerleader. Our donors understand and support this,” Santana said.

OC Press Club honors Voice of OC with three awards

Voice of OC took home three awards from the OC Press Club awards contest held May 15. David McQuay Award for Best Columnist
Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., was awarded the David McQuay Award for Best Columnist. He was awarded for this series of columns on homelessness:

Focus for Santa Ana Civic Center Should be People Not Buildings
County Supervisors Making Progress on Homelessness
Civic Center Homeless Camp Now Keeping People from Jury Duty
Labor Day Reminds Us Government is Fueled by People Not Politicians
Doing the Right Thing

Best Investigative Story
Civic Editor Tracy Wood was awarded third place for Best Investigative Story. She was awarded for ‘Behested Payments’ Add Another Layer of Money in Politics. Best Public Affairs Story
Reporter Nick Gerda was awarded second place for Best Public Affairs story. He was awarded for O.C.’s Rise in Suicides Largest Among Major U.S. Counties.

Voice of OC Publisher Discusses Civic Engagement with Local Club

The Democratic Club of West Orange County was the latest of several local organizations to host Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr.

The civic group meetings are part of a big push by Voice of OC to reach out to civic group meetings to create a more engaged local citizenry across all interests and political groups. “Everything is implemented at the local level and that’s where local communities can shape their own futures, no matter who is president or governor or even supervisor,” Santana said.

Voice of OC represented in future of journalism symposium

Voice of OC reporter Nick Gerda represented the news agency in a symposium on 21st century journalism. The journalism discussion “on the current and future condition of journalism” was organized by the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation on April 25 at Capo Valley High School in Mission Viejo. Panelists included Michael Ramirez, a

Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrator, Larry Thomas, a media specialist, and Andre Mouchard, editor at the Orange County Register.

New York Times calls Voice of OC a “bright spot” in California journalism

Voice of OC was noted as a “bright spot” in the future of journalism by the New York Times. The California Today article by the Times, discussed the highs and lows of news organizations in the golden state. As a non-profit funded through a combination of grants and donations from loyal readers, we thank you for your support as we strive to bring you the real news on politics and civic issues in Orange County. To help us continue and expand our efforts, consider donating today.

Five percent of your Amazon Smile purchase could go to Voice of OC

Amazon Smile allows shoppers to designate a charity of his or her choice so that when making purchases at smile.amazon.com 0.5 percent of your purchase (with no added cost to you) is donated to the selected charity. But today only, Amazon will donate 5 percent of your online purchase amount. If interested, go to smile.amazon.com and select VoiceofOrangeCounty.org to benefit our independent, non-profit newsroom. We thank you for your support.

Orange County Heroes Hall opening its first exhibit

This week, the county’s first veterans’ museum – Heroes Hall – formally opens the doors on its first exhibit, The Things They Carried, on Wednesday. Voice of OC produced a series of video tributes for nearly a dozen Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, whose memorial plaques were recently moved from the county civic center, where they were in disrepair, to Heroes Hall. Thanks to Jonathan Morgan Jenkins from Performance Production Services who kindly donated the veteran videos for Heroes Hall. Look below the video for links to profiles of these extraordinary veterans. Also, read this article for the back-story of Heroes Hall, and this note from our publisher on the monument.