Sonya Quick is digital editor for Voice of OC overseeing civic engagement (social media, email and civic engagement), digital fundraising, marketing and design (across-device user experience and digital storytelling).
Quick joined Voice of OC in November 2016 and has since managed the first #NewsMatch fundraising drive, re-imagined the Voice of OC logo and visual brand and launched a website redesign. In June 2017, Voice of OC was awarded top news website design by the Los Angeles Press Club.
Prior to Voice of OC, Quick worked for eight years at the Orange County Register in a variety of roles including: the organization’s first mobile editor, social media manager, web and blog editor, infographics reporter and reporter. During that time, Quick helped create a mobile strategy for Freedom Communications, launched the first Register mobile apps, helped re-imagine the Register’s disaster plan for the digital age, helped transform community coverage, managed the Register’s 50+ blogs, developed a trial Register community wiki, covered Irvine and launched a mobile apps technology blog a year before the iTunes App Store was unveiled.
Quick has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists since 2003. She served as region 11 director in 2008 and as national student representative in 2004. Quick graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in English literature
Languages spoken: English
Areas of expertise: Digital storytelling, social media, infographics, data reporting, mobile and web design, news marketing, non-profit fundraising.
Voice of OC Senior Arts Editor Paul Hodgins is a two-time finalist in the 12th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. Finalists were selected from more than 900 entries for work produced in 2018, with awards given out Dec. 1. Voice of OC’s Arts & Culture section had just launched in the period recognized by judges. Hodgins is lauded for “Is It Time for Local Arts Leadership to Reflect a Changing World” in the Commentary & Analysis on the Arts section and for “One Year After Opening, is Argyros Plaza Really Working?”
After meetings with the city council and accumulating 2,1221 signatures on their petition, members of NTO, a group primarily composed of mothers against pesticides, remain unsatisfied with the ambiguity and structure of the pilot.
The national year-end campaign will begin November 1 — where donations made to Voice of OC up to $1,000 will be matched by the NewsMatch campaign. New monthly recurring donations will be matched for the full year’s worth.