Voice of San Diego, a nonprofit Web news and information source, officially launched on Feb. 9.
The free news site, www.voiceofsandiego.org, was created by a team of journalists and community leaders, which includes Barbara Bry, a former political and business writer for the
Los Angeles Times
; Neil Morgan, a veteran writer with the
San Diego Union-Tribune;
Bob Witty, a former associate editor for the U-T; Gail Stoorza-Gill, the first chairwoman of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and former chief executive officer of Stoorza Communications; and Buzz Wooley, the president of the Girard Foundation.
The idea for the publication came more than a year ago at a lunch meeting with Morgan and Wooley, where they discussed the challenges and opportunities facing the region.
“We felt that there was a need for another voice in San Diego,” said Bry, the editor-in-chief of the publication.
The Internet-based publication promises independent, in-depth coverage of the most important issues facing the San Diego region, from Baja to the Orange County border.
The news site will publish Monday through Friday and feature a wide range of contributors focusing on education, military, government, arts and culture, technology, health and sports.
“Every day we will have new news stories and hopefully new columnists,” Bry said.
There will be more than 70 contributors to the paper, including some of the region’s most respected civic, cultural, business and governmental leaders, Bry said.
The financial backing of the publication has come from San Diego foundations and individuals, which have raised nearly $400,000 for the site.
Bry said key topics for the next several weeks include an analysis of the changing political landscape in San Diego, perspectives on recent decisions by the San Diego Unified School District’s board and a review of 30 years of Downtown redevelopment.
The publication has six full- and part-time staffers.