Orange County establishes investigative news non-proﬁt
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Sen. Joe Dunn, board chairman, 916-955-3400, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Former California State Senator Joe Dunn has assembled some of the best legal and journalistic minds in the region to launch, Voice of OC, an on-line non-proﬁt news outletdedicated to investigative journalism at the local level.A formal press conference announcing the formation of the non-proﬁt newsroom isscheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Law Ofﬁces of DiMarco, Araujo &Montevideo, 1324 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA (714) 835-6990.“A vibrant press is crucial to democracy,” said Dunn. “And in the current economicenvironment, we
ve seen too many newspapers shrinking, too many experiencedreporters leaving the industry. The result is troubling: watchdog coverage andinvestigative efforts have dwindled. So we here in Orange County are standing up as acommunity, and are committing ourselves to secure the resources that ensures thisimportant civic work - investigative journalism - stays alive at the local level on a longterm basis.”With corporate-owned newsrooms being drastically downsized, communities acrossAmerica have fewer beat reporters, and even fewer investigative teams, keeping watchover government agencies.Nowhere is the void in accountability felt as starkly as Orange County.Orange County - with 34 cities and a host of countywide mega agencies - has becomevastly under-served.Both the Los Angles Times and Orange County Register are in bankruptcy proceedings.And no large broadcast outlet operates in Orange County. Even radio news coveragehas dwindled with one station - KFWB - replacing all news withan all-talk format.The county also is in dire need for news coverage that reaches into ethnic communities.Orange County boasts one of the nation
s most diverse populations - with one third ofresidents identifying themselves as Latino and the largest concentration of Vietnameseresidents outside Vietnam.