SPJ/LA honors Norberto Santana, Jr., as distinguished journalist and Kelly Aviles, as Freedom of Information advocate

The Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles chapter honored Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., as one of five distinguished journalists at its 42nd annual awards banquet. Santana is one of just five journalists given the “Distinguished Journalist” honor which goes to regional journalists across all forms of media; Santana’s honor is as the digital media professional. SPJ/LA states journalists are honored who “demonstrate good news judgment, a strong sense of ethics and a passion for getting the story right” and who also have achieved a record of career accomplishments. “I want to thank the Society of Professional Journalists, because without organizations like this our profession, which is under such attack, will wither,” Santana said during his acceptance speech. ” “When everybody else is running for the exits, the journalists run the other direction.

Federal Judge Recognizes Voice of OC Homelessness News Coverage

“Where’s Voice of OC?”

That’s what U.S. District Judge David O. Carter asked at this morning’s latest federal hearing in Santa Ana on the homelessness crisis in Orange County. Our reporter Nick Gerda raised his hand halfway from the audience. Judge Carter said to Gerda, “Thank you for being here.”

Carter then turned to homeless advocates and said “(Voice of OC) will solve it…the notoriety will let good people step up (and) solve it.”

The moment captured the essence of what makes Voice of OC an essential part of civic engagement in Orange County. Covering a story such as the homeless communities living in the riverbed and the surrounding community cannot be done by dropping in once a month or once a week. Indeed, our newsroom has penned nearly a dozen stories on the crisis in recent weeks.

Voice of OC Publisher Comments on Los Angeles Times Ownership Change

Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., was asked to comment on the new ownership of the Los Angeles Times. He was one of several prominent people in Southern California identified by Southern California Public Radio. “It’s a very important thing for the owner to be a person of color. The news industry is one of the least diverse industries anywhere, and that impacts coverage. And a person of color at the top understands that.