Aaron Kushner, the new owner of the Orange County Register, has stated that he considers the newspaper’s Sunday print edition and subscribers key lynchpins of an audacious revitalization plan. As an added bonus, the next three week’s editions will feature a dynamic new model of investigative journalism, one that was set up before his arrival.

Immigration reporter Cindy Carcamo (pictured) spent upwards of seven months working on an enterprise series about the high cost and equally steep dangers of the Pacific Ocean route many illegal immigrants are currently favoring to try and gain entry to the U.S. All of her related travel and accommodation costs were paid for by the Ford Foundation, via a fellowship administered by D.C.’s International Center for Journalists.

“I pitched the sea smuggling enterprise story to the Center, and they liked it” Carcamo explains to FishbowlLA via telephone. A previous series she worked on, about the reverse flow of Mexicans returning to a portion of the country, was funded by UC Berkeley’s Rosenberg Foundation. “I’ve managed to be able to squeeze out this big enterprise stories through just kind of looking for outside funding, when times have been really hard at the Register for funding.”

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