Apparently, it’s true. The third time is a charm, at least when it comes to our still-fledgling Open Newsroom project.

Yesterday, staffers fanned out to coffeehouses to meet readers new and old. We’d done this before. Twice. And both times we’d had – and been happy with – measured success. Yesterday was different.

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.