Voice of OC Tuesday announced a distribution agreement with the Associated Press that will deliver the nonprofit newsroom’s news coverage to newspaper readers throughout California.

The Voice of OC agreement is part of an effort to develop a wider audience for the groundbreaking work being done by nonprofit news organizations statewide, said Kate Butler, AP’s vice president for newspaper markets.

“We welcome Voice of OC to this initial stage of a larger project in California that builds on our original national nonprofit work,” Butler said. “Voice of OC joins a dozen or so others as part of a broader initiative to provide nonprofit journalism organizations an additional distribution channel for their work while giving AP member papers access to more news content.”

Voice of OC Editor-in-Chief Norberto Santana Jr. announced the agreement during a reception Tuesday night at the Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery.

“For all working journalists, the AP represents the highest standards for ethics, transparency and accuracy,” Santana said. “Voice of OC is honored to help the AP connect newspapers across California with the important work being produced by the nonprofit news movement.”

Santana also announced the formation of the Community Editorial Board, which will showcase the commentary of Orange County’s top leaders in government, politics and the nonprofit sector.

Together, these leaders will hold regular moderated forums aimed at tackling the toughest public policy issues facing Orange County, ranging from social services and health care to infrastructure and crime.

The vision for the Voice of OC Opinion page is to provide an online forum spurring robust debate among community leaders about the issues of the day with an aim toward finding real-world solutions to the toughest issues facing taxpayers and our collective quality of life.

In the coming months, you’ll be hearing often from the following writers:

Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council

Rusty Kennedy, Orange County Human Relations Commission

Jennifer Muir, Orange County Employees Association

Matt Cunningham, Pacific Strategies

Tony Bedolla, Orange County Professional Firefighters Association

Anne Olin, The Olin Group

Tefere Gebre, Orange County Labor Federation

Gene Howard, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County

Dan McQuaid, OneOC

Julie Puentes, Hospital Association of Southern California

Rick Stein, Arts Orange County

Adam Probolsky, Probolsky Research

Eric Altman, Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development

Michael Ruane, Children & Families Commission of Orange County

Jean Pasco, the Orange County Archives

Jose Moreno, Los Amigos of Orange County host and Anaheim City School District board member

Mike Matsuda, North Orange County Community College District board member

Nick Anas, Orange County Young Democrats

Jon Fleischman, FlashReport

Ava Steaffens, KidWorks

Pam Pimentel, Moms Orange County

Rueben Martinez, Libreria Martinez

Christine Iger, Iger & Associates Government Interface Consultants


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