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Voices of Monterey Bay is a not-for-profit bilingual news organization serving Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. It was launched in 2017 by veteran local journalists who believe the region desperately needs more reporting, analysis and journalistic competition, while providing a central location for people who have been ignored by the traditional media to express themselves or to report news from their neighborhoods.
VOMB will concentrate on hard-hitting investigative reports and dynamic storytelling. It will also provide civic engagement opportunities that give Monterey Bay residents a new platform to discuss and debate the issues that impact their quality of life.
Uniquely, VOMB includes an instructional initiative that will include ongoing journalism training by veteran reporters and editors. The training will be available free to interested adults and youth, with the expectation that the work they produce will be featured here.
Most important, VOMB gives residents the tools to engage in important conversations about their region. We expect to build a community of educated Monterey Bay residents who dare to ask tough questions and demand answers.
Our Mission: To cast light on the important issues that shape Monterey Bay with engaging news and investigation delivered from multiple platforms. To encourage civic engagement by providing residents the knowledge and the analysis to become effective advocates for good government and social progress. To bridge cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic gaps through investigative reporting and engaging and nuanced storytelling.
Our Funding: As a not-for-profit organization, Voices of Monterey Bay has obtained temporary fiscal sponsorship and nonprofit status under the Institute for Nonprofit News. We are also funded by individual members, major charitable gifts, foundations and community partnerships. We depend on these contributions to continue our mission, and individual contributions to VOMB are tax deductible under IRS’s 501(c)(3) regulation.
The donors, sponsors, grantmakers, partners, board members and individuals who support this service financially do not influence day-to-day coverage, stories or investigations.
Our Organization: Receiving independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit status is a priority of VOMB’s founders. Until then, the operations of VOMB will be administered by its core staff, including Julie Reynolds Martinez, Mary Duan of Salinas and Joe Livernois of Monterey. Our colleague Marcos Cabrera put together 2017’s youth media training program.
Once nonprofit status is granted, a board of directors will be convened to set the operation’s budget, determine the publisher and keep the organization focused on its mission to do investigative journalism. The staff and board will continually review priorities and broad areas of editorial focus.
Our Advisory Committee: Voices of Monterey Bay has benefitted from the kind advice and support of many people in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. See our advisory board here.