Along with physical ventures around Irvine I also looked for undiscovered communities and stories online. I found this story on about page 20 of a Google search for Irvine. The story illustrates a different facet of the El Toro base/future Great Park story: the children who grew up on the base.
In 2005 I began working on the Register’s website. At the time, reporters and editors did not touch the website. Web editors across the newsroom were tasked with shoveling all the print content online. But I wanted to make sure my photos got online – and in color. I wanted to see how many people were viewing our website, the Irvine section of the website and my articles.
I worked with the Central County web editor who was patient and kind enough to show me the ropes of our online content management system and the analytics. She even let me post my own content online when reporters were not allowed to do so. When the first round of layoffs hit, the Central County web editor position was eliminated. I realized that suddenly, no content would be going to the Irvine website section. So, I took it upon myself to post our content online and to teach my coworkers one-by-one how to post content online.
I continued my work online – finding ways to improve our content, the display of our content and the audience interaction with our online content.
Then, in early 2006 I met up with two other people at the Register who shared my impatient mood with our progress in moving online as a company. We called ourselves the three “musketeers” and met twice a month to share online ideas, achievements and setbacks. Eventually, we decided to make a stand. We approached one of the Register deputy editors and asked some of our most burning online questions. He seemed excited at our thoughts – and asked that we send over our ideas for moving online.
Thankfully, I had already written a whole plan of what the Register should be doing to move online. We turned it in and the “web manifest” as it soon became known circulated among top management. We three “musketeers” were appointed roles in addition to our day jobs as “web catalysts.” And the web revolution at the Register began.
In this story I tell the tale of the last days of horses being allowed at the old El Toro base. As the park project developed so did demolition of the old base. The story also allows a chance to look at changes in Orange County’s landscape.
My passion for dance is equal to my passion for journalism. During college my plan was to become a dance reporter someday. When I started at the Register I was given the chance to write some dance stories as a sort of freelancer.
One of the main story threads I have covered is the demolition of the old El Toro base and the designing of the future Great Park. The project offered a chance to cover dozens of topics, while staying on top of the politics and behind-the-scenes moves. This story highlights one of the highly-questioned and attacked Great Park decisions: flying politicians and city planners to Europe and New York to assess the work of the three final design team applicants.