Next month California Watch reporters, editors and interns will once again spread out to coffeehouses across the state for an Open Newsroom event. We’re still narrowing down the locations, but there’s one thing we’ve decided: the guest of honor, and that’s you!

From 9 a.m. till noon on March 28, we’ll set up shop in Wi-Fi spots with the sole purpose of getting to connect with our readers. We are looking forward to meeting all of you, hearing about your communities and any tips you may have for California Watch investigations.

Now we need you to help us decide where to go. While many of our staffers will select their own location, we want you to pick at least one spot. Where would you like to meet up? Please e-mail your suggested cities – or coffeehouses – to or @ mention @alvaradoCW with the hashtag #opennews by March 7. We’ll select our top five spots and open it up to a vote. 

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Ashley Alvarado is the community news editor for California Watch and The Bay Citizen, where she oversees the news-engagement and public engagement staff. She is focused on helping to reach new audiences and engaging communities around CIR, California Watch and Bay Citizen stories. Ashley is also CIR's Public Insight Network analyst. She currently serves as managing editor of Los Cabos Magazine and previously worked at Los Angeles and Tu Ciudad Los Angeles magazines. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Southern California.