Voice of OC Recognizes Community Leaders at Exclusive Ambassadors Event

Voice of OC Ambassadors recently lauded three community leaders who have made a difference through penning editorials in the Voice opinion section. 

The exclusive event at Zov’s Bistro included invitations for donors who support Voice of OC at a minimum of $1,000 every year or $84 every month, called Ambassadors. Right now is the best time to become an Ambassador because contributions are tripled by the national NewsMatch fund and a local matching fund. “One of the things I’m most proud of at Voice is our Op-Ed writers,” said Voice of OC Publisher and Founder Norberto Santana, Jr. “They take up their pens and take action in the community — spurring vibrant discussions.”

Santana told VOC Ambassadors that the Opinion section is an integral piece of building a civically engaged community allowing residents to express local policy ideas in a coherent and respectful manner. The Opinion section also reaches people who influence or make important decisions in the community offering them a chance to gage community opinion, Santana added. “No matter who you are, you can stand toe to toe with the community decision makers on that Op-Ed page and make your point,” Santana said.

Voice of OC Arts & Culture Section Lauded in National Awards

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?”