Because of your support, in just 10 years Voice of OC has risen to become one of the top newsrooms in California.  

The California Newspaper Publishers Association has just named Voice as a finalist in 10 categories in their prestigious annual state-wide journalism contest. 
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This is the first time the California News Publishers Association is including digital publications in its awards contest. The organization was founded in 1888 and works “to champion the ideals of a free press in our democratic society and to promote the quality and economic health of California newspapers.”

Voice of OC’s staff was a finalist in the categories below. Make sure to also check out Voice’s awards and honors history.

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  • Voice of OC is a finalist in the category for general excellence.
  • The Voice of OC news team is among the finalists for reporting on homelessness in the public service category.
  • Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., is a finalist for his columns on homelessness.
  • Reporters Nick Gerda, Thy Vo and Spencer Custodio are all finalists for work documenting jail recordings, corporate PAC money in Orange County Congressional races and families reuniting in Santa Ana.
  • Photographer Julie Leopo is a finalist for her photo essay capturing veterans being honored at Heroes Hall.
  • An infographic breaking down the gas tax by Digital Editor Sonya Quick is a finalist entry, along with a graphic on dark money flowing to Orange County Congressional races by Nick Gerda and Sonya Quick.
  • The website’s homepage design is among the finalists.

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