Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2023

Document Type

Research Paper



First Advisor

Michelle Chihara

Second Advisor

Scott Creley


In an effort to reflect the importance of local journalism, the following project is a narrative piece reporting on the closure of the OC Weekly, an alternative news source that ended in 2019, which was hardly reported on. This project aims to change that by further demonstrating the severe impact on communities in which these meaningful sources of news disappear, and why they matter. It calls on people to advocate for and change transform journalism into more than corporate-centered news that too often disregards the critical aspect of storytelling. Storytelling brings communities together and is the life of journalism, which this project also heavily focuses on to ultimately urge the importance of holding modern journalism accountable and responsible on what is reported to the people.

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