Feet to the Fire Forum Tonight in Newport Beach

Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., will take part in moderating tonight’s Feet to the Fire forum in Newport Beach. The Newport Beach council candidate forum will be moderated by Santana, Daily Pilot Columnist and Voice of OC Board Member Barbara Venezia and Los Angeles Times Executive Editor John Canalis. A candidate meet and greet is 6-7 p.m. and the forum starts at 7 p.m. for this Friday, Sept. 21, event. The event is at the Robert B. Moore Theater on Arlington Drive at Orange Coast College.

Voice of OC Introduces Arts & Culture Section

Senior Editor Paul Hodgins and Managing Editor Heide Janssen are at the helm — putting together a unique product: elegant, reader-focused content on all genres of art happening across Orange County from the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to community auditoriums.

Voice of OC Publisher to Guide Reporters, Editors on Public Records

Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., will be guiding reporters and editors on the use of public records today at an Investigative Reporters and Editors workshop held for NLGJA, The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. Santana will offer practical advice and strategies for crafting public records requests, tracking them and holding officials’ feet to the fire. Includes strategies for dealing with excuses and obstacles from public officials who stand in your way of getting key documents and data. The presentation by Santana is part of the 2018 Palm Springs Watchdog Workshop.

Voice of OC Civic Editor Tracy Wood Recalls Reporting on McCain’s Release from North Vietnam

Voice of OC Civic Editor Tracy Wood, one of the few female combat correspondents in Vietnam, remembers the day John McCain was released in Vietnam. Wood was one of only three journalists on hand to witness when McCain and 102 other prisoners of war were released from the Hanoi Hilton in March 1973. In a recent interview recalling that day, Wood shared that she was “really sad. That guy went through so damned much and the remarkable thing is he seemed to learn from each setback and become better for it.” Wood was a 25-year-old reporter for United Press International and had been in Vietnam for a year when the prisoner release was announced, two months after the agreement between the United States and North Vietnamese to end the war.

Voice of OC Releases 2018 Staff Diversity Report

Voice of OC has released its 2018 diversity staffing report. This report is just one section on our new best practices page that better explains the ethics and guidelines that go into producing our news reports. The complex issues we face as a society require respect for different viewpoints. Race, class, generation, gender and geography all affect point of view. Reflecting these differences in our reporting leads to better, more nuanced stories and a better-informed community.