An invitation from Santa Cruz Local CEO/Co-founder Kara Meyberg Guzman

This announcement was originally published as a Sept. 15, 2022 email to Santa Cruz Local readers and members. 

I am so proud to share: Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers has named Santa Cruz Local a finalist for four national awards! Winners will be announced in an October ceremony in Austin, Texas. Santa Cruz Local is a finalist in the following categories:

  • LION Business of the Year: General excellence in working to achieve sustainability for our news business through operational resilience, financial health and journalistic impact.

  • Outstanding Coverage Award: Santa Cruz Local’s Solutions to Homelessness series has been recognized for excellence in journalistic impact that builds increased awareness or influences public conversation about an issue that reverberates throughout our community.

  • General Excellence, Operational Resilience: Excellence at establishing processes, policies and a company culture to support staff, manage growth and prevent burnout.

  • Community Engagement Award: Celebration of a newsroom’s longstanding commitment and systemized strategy to partner with the community by actively listening to and acting on feedback, questions, successes and challenges.

Equal access to fair and accurate news and information is the bedrock of a healthy democracy. That’s a big part of the reason why I co-founded Santa Cruz Local’s newsroom in 2019 and why all our news is free. Our work holds power to account and helps you get informed and involved with big decisions in local government.

We depend on locals like you for financial support. I invite you to support local democracy and invest in excellent, high-quality local news with a Santa Cruz Local membership today. Learn more here:

If you’d rather pay by check, please send your contribution to Santa Cruz Local, 877 Cedar St., Suite 150, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Kara Meyberg Guzman

Santa Cruz Local CEO/Co-founder